There are many philosophies about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but the Scripture is the first, the foremost, and the final word. There are those who say that Jesus never died. All He did was faint, because He had been up all night, and pushed around, and He had lost some blood.
They put Him into a tomb and then He revived in the cool tomb and He came out again. Well, the apostles, of course, shatter all that argument absolutely.
Remember that this is the thing that got the apostles into trouble! If Jesus wasn't risen from the dead, I think they could have gone back to the temple and said, "Look, He was a good man, we saw miracles, and He was a marvelous man, but He didn't come through on the last thing. He said, 'I'm going to rise from the dead under My own power.' - we're sorry He didn't make it. And we feel that we have something that we should share with you..."
You know, I think in the temple they could have started a new school, and a new sect of Jesus followers, and had no trouble. But the thing right out in the open was that these men who had trembled and run away, who forsook Him and fled, become as bold as lions.
Why? Because they knew that Jesus had risen from the dead, that's why!
Leonard Ravenhill - "He is Risen"
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