THOUGHT: Cases often hinge on one eye witness and Jesus had hundreds!
BIBLE: And that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:5-7
TRANSCRIPT: Hey everybody! Welcome back to the Morning Thrive! We’re talking about Easter, the greatest FEAT in human history. “F” stands for fatal execution, “E” stands for empty tomb, and the “A” in the acrostic stands for the appearances after death. In the ancient creed in 1 Corinthians 15:5-7 Paul writes, “And that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.” The word “appeared” is mentioned three times. Not only was the grave empty, but Jesus appeared many times, to many people, and in many different locations. In fact, in Acts 1:3 it says, “He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” Here’s what we know: we know that Jesus ate with His disciples after His resurrection, that He taught them, that He physically touched them, and that they physically touched Him. He appeared to Peter on the shoreline of Galilee where Peter had promised to stay with Jesus and never to leave Him and then of course he denied Jesus later. Jesus appeared on that shoreline and made breakfast and called Peter to Himself and said, “Peter do you love me?” Peter replied, “Yes, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” Peter later went on to be the leader of the movement. Preaching at Pentecost he said this: “This Jesus God raised up, and of this we are all witnesses.” Jesus appeared to Peter, He appeared to James, He appeared to the disciples, He appeared to 500 people at one time. Many, Paul said, were still alive to verify that fact. Why is Easter the greatest FEAT in human history? Not only was Jesus dead, not only was the tomb empty, but Jesus appeared alive to so many.
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