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Good Friday 18 April 2014: Robin Ive United Reformed Church Petersfield

Is Jesus alive?

The whole of the Christian faith hangs on the assumption that Jesus Christ came alive after his death on a Roman Cross. For 40 days we are told that he appeared to many people, including over 500 people at one time (1 Corinthians15 verse 6). The disciples had been fearful on seeing their leader crucified, although they did not believe him when he told them he had to die for the sins of the world and would rise again. When they realised that he was alive they remembered his words, and became changed men and were prepared to die for their Lord. Sadly there are a lot of people who still doubt the resurrection.

There were three eminent lawyers who wanted to prove that Jesus did not rise from death, but after checking through all the evidence they discovered it must be true. Here are some of their comments. Sir Edward Clark K.C. said "The evidence is conclusive". Lord Lyndhurst said " Such evidence has never broken down". Frank Morison wrote a well known book entitled "Who moved the stone" which argued the case for a risen Lord.

The Old Testament prophesied in several places that Jesus would rise from death, and in the New Testament, Jesus himself foretold his death seven times, but the disciples did not understand.

What are the implications of the resurrection? Two angels said to the disciples after his ascension that He was coming again into the world in a similar way. He would judge the world of all evil and bring about a new heaven and earth for all who have acknowledged Jesus Christ as Lord.

Every one of the prophesies in the Bible have been fulfilled except one which is Christ's coming a second time. It will be an amazing day for all believers.

This article was submitted for publication in the Petersfield Herald on 18 April; it is possible that it was published earlier or may be published later.

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