Who was Jesus part 2: a look at the Resurrection from “The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict”

Since this is Good Friday, let’s take a closer look at the real meaning of Easter: the Resurrection.

A Closer Look

In continuing last week’s discussion, historians are seeing that there is sufficient evidence that Jesus of Nazareth, under whom the Christian church was organized, did indeed live. The question still remains though, who was he? As discussed last week, according to Biblical texts, Jesus himself claimed to be both Messiah and God (son of God, son of Man). The Christian faith is based on this belief, but is hinged on Jesus’ resurrection (1 Cor.15:17). In his book, “The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict,” Josh McDowell goes into extensive research on this topic, devoting some 80 pages to a chapter on this topic alone.

Here is a very brief look at some of the chapter’s most significant elements. First, Bible passages report that Jesus was laid in a borrowed tomb, in the garden where Jesus was crucified. The tomb belonged to Joseph of Arimathea, a member of…

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