We just celebrated Easter, which is the resurrection of Jesus. Do you ever have a day that you wonder if that really happened? We all do. Today many refuse to believe in miracles. No one wants to believe a lie, so let’s check our anchor. How can we be sure the resurrection happened?
My guest this week was my husband, Ray Simmons. He is a Bible scholar and loves
apologetics. He covered historical evidences and offered some guidance on being certain so you can answer your kids when the ask. Plus, I’m adding links here you can use.
For facts on how the Passover seder reflects the resurrection, listen
This is a rerun of an interview on the Shroud of Turin. While I am not ready to say this is the burial garment of Christ, I think this shroud can teach us a lot about what Jesus suffered.
My guest was
Mark Antonacci who has studied the shroud for many years.
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Easter brings to mind decorated eggs and bunnies. I have several photos of my granddaughter with the Easter bunny and they are precious. However, the message of Easter goes beyond rabbits.
My guest this week was Ray Simmons. He discussed the history of Easter and the meaning to our lives.
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Resurrection plays no part in Easter today. We decorate eggs and dress up rabbits, but chickens lay eggs.
During Easter, believers celebrate the
resurrection, which is the most important holiday in Christendom.
People asked Jesus for a sign that he came from God, and he gave them the
sign of the resurrection.
That is, Jonah spend
three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, and Christ promised he’d spend three days in the tomb but then rise again.
He proved who he claimed to be when he rose from the dead. Lots of people have claimed to be a prophet or even a messiah, however, if you back up your claim with a miracle, it sticks.
On the first day of the week, the disciples found
Jesus’s tomb empty. Later over 500 people saw him alive. I Corinthians 15 explains the necessity of the resurrection. And if Christ has not been raised, then 14 our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 15 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 16 And if Christ has not been raised, 17 your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 18 If in Christ we have hope 19 [ in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. a] But in fact 20 Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Because of the importance of the resurrection, my husband and I chose to do a Passover Seder every Easter.
Early Jewish Christians left lots of clues about Jesus in the Seder.
This week, my husband, Ray Simmons is my guest. He is a teaching-elder at
Grace Community Church and will explain the resurrection symbolism in the Seder.
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