The Stone was Rolled Away

Some of the most definitive statements we will ever read are found in Luke 24. “They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered it they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning said to the women: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen.” Then they called the following to the remembrance of these ladies: “Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners; be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'”

Since that day – people from all walks of life have set out to disprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ. One such person was Frank Morison, a British journalist. He believed that the accounts about Jesus were nothing more than myth or legend, especially the story of the resurrection. Frank Morison decided to use his skills as a journalist to dig into history, setting out to disprove the biblical accounts of the resurrection.

The book that Morison wrote was far different than the one he set out to write. He became convinced of the reality of the risen Christ and put his faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. He wrote up his research in a book called, “Who Moved the Stone?” Here is an excerpt from the preface of that book: “This study is in some ways so unusual and provocative that the writer thinks it desirable to state here and very briefly how the book came to take its present form. In one sense, it could have taken no other, for it is essentially a confession, the inner story of a man who originally set out to write one kind of book, and found himself compelled by the sheer force of circumstances to write quite another. It is not that the facts themselves altered, for they are recorded imperishably in the monuments and pages of human history. But the interpretation to be put upon the facts underwent a change. Somehow the perception shifted – not suddenly, as in a flash of insight or inspiration, but slowly, almost imperceptibly, by the very stubbornness of the facts themselves.” His book affirming the historical reality of the resurrection remains a classic to this day.

It is important to note that many people simply do not accept the possibility of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The women at the tomb were stunned and when the women took the word back the apostles of Christ thought they were talking nonsense. Peter ran to the tomb to perform his own investigation. Thomas would not believe until he saw the nail holes in Jesus and could put his hand in his side. Those who listened to the preaching of the apostles in the book of Acts needed to be convinced of the truth of the resurrection. It is a very reasonable thing for people to want to examine the evidence, and the evidence for the resurrection will stand up to the strongest test.

In addition to the Scripture accounts, which provide a vast amount of internal evidence, if you or someone you know is skeptical of the resurrection, there are fine resources available that can be very helpful. Among those would be: “Body of Proof” by Jeremiah Johnston; “Cold-Case Christianity” by retired homicide detective, J. Warner Wallace; “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” and “More Than a Carpenter” by Josh McDowell; “The Case for Easter” by Lee Strobel; and “The Reason for God” by Timothy Keller. I would urge anyone with an inquiring mind to check out these resourceAs for us, we celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ is alive forevermore every Sunday. This Sunday, March 31, is even more special as we celebrate Easter together. You are cordially invited to join with us at 9:00 or 10:30a.m.

We hope you will join us!

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