Friday, May 15, 2009

The Appearance to Thomas

Part 5 of He's Not Here

Jesus said to Thomas, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 10:29). How can we who have never seen Jesus be sure He really rose from the dead?

The transformation of the disciples is perhaps the greatest evidence of all for the resurrection. Thomas went from "doubting Thomas" to "daring Thomas." Church tradition says he went all the way to India to preach the gospel and eventually was martyred.

None of the theories used to deny the resurrection are believable: (1) the disciples did not steal the body; (2) the disciples did not go to the wrong tomb; (3) the disciples did not see a resuscitated Jesus; and (4) the disciples did not hallucinate.

"Men will die for what they believe to be true, though it may actually be false. They do not, however, die for what they know is a lie" (Paul Little, Know Why You Believe, p. 52).

All of the apostles, except John, were killed for their faith in the risen Jesus. Liars make poor martyrs.

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