What If It’s True?

My friend Shump had a good question about The Lost Tomb of Jesus–what if they really were able to prove that Jesus was not resurrected? Would it affect your faith?

My answer . . . if they could prove it, then yes, it would definitely affect my faith. If there is no resurrection, then there is no Christian faith. We would all have to convert to Judaism (those still waiting on the promised Messiah). Because without the resurrection there is no fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy. There is no Christ. If the tomb was not found empty than Jesus was just another teacher and the cross was just another method of execution. We might still follow Jesus and his teachings, but we would see him as a Jewish rabbi rather than the Son of God. The cross would have certainly been a cruel way to die, but it would not have the power for free us from our sins.

Paul said it this way in 1st Cor 15 . . .

If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead…if Christ has not be raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”

Re-read that last sentence. It’s powerful.

2 thoughts on “What If It’s True?

  1. I don’t think it is the Resurrection that is being challenged. Surely it is the *type* of Ascension that is being questioned (an event that Acts 1:3 says happened 40 days later). There were three appearances during the 40 days where it is clear there was an ‘earthly body’. These are described in John 20:17, 20:27; and Luke 24:39. Descriptions of the Ascension use the words: carried up, taken up, went up, and received up into heaven. Could those words also describe a ‘spiritual body’ being taken to heaven? ‘Native’ English speakers would *assume* what is being described is a physical thing — of course the translations took a difficult route through Aramaic – Hebrew – Greek – and then English. According to ‘The New English Bible’ (1961), *some* ancient Greek manuscripts use different descriptions, omitting words like ‘carried up’, particularly in Luke 24:51. So, the question now is: would it really make any difference to Christian faith whether the Ascension was physical or spiritual?

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