Why I Believe in the Resurrected Christ

In our “enlightened” scientific era, many people express disdain for a belief system founded on a Man who was raised from the dead. This is especially true of younger generations in this country whose lack of faith has reached an all-time high.

Why have many younger Americans rejected Christianity? There are a number of factors ranging from near-consistent negative portrayals of Christians in Hollywood to an educational system hostile to faith. Science seems to hold all the answers.

Not so fast, I say. What if this Man who claimed to be the exclusive “Way, the Truth, and the Life” was brutally crucified and then miraculously raised from the dead days later? That wouldn’t fit very well with the secularists’ worldview, would it? But the evidence surrounding His resurrection is, as a judge might put it, “beyond all reasonable doubt.”

My family and I were privileged to visit the Holy Land a few years ago. Before arriving in Israel, we stopped at the Vatican just several days after Pope Benedict XVI resigned. We visited the final resting place of Peter’s bones, interred after his upside down crucifixion for refusing to deny Christ.

Of course, it wasn’t just Peter who died a terrible death rather than denying Christ; it was also all but one of his fellow apostles who were direct witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. According to several accounts, Thomas died after being speared; Matthew was killed by a sword; James (the lesser) was thrown off the temple in Jerusalem and then clubbed to death; the other James was killed by a sword; Andrew was bound to a cross; Bartholomew was beaten and beheaded; Jude, Philip, and Simon were all crucified; Mark died after being drug by horses; and Luke was hung.

The apostles all claimed they saw Jesus resurrected after His brutal scourging and crucifixion. Paul, a Jewish Roman citizen who viciously persecuted Christians before his radical transformation by Christ on the road to Damascus had this to say:

And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. 1 Cor. 15:14-15 NLT

After Christ’s resurrection, these apostles moved rapidly throughout the world, spreading the Gospel like wildfire from India to Africa and throughout Europe. Then, rather than denying Jesus, they each suffered horrific deaths, the ultimate proof of what they had seen.

Eyewitness testimony like this is ironclad. But it’s not just the apostles’ dying declarations that allow us to put our faith in Christ’s resurrection; it’s the power of the Resurrection working within us, changing our hearts, and moving us forward in His will, no matter the cost.

  • May God open the eyes of our understanding to really understand and feel the greatness of this historique event that will spare those whe believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from the horrible times ahead.

  • First and foremost Happy Easter to All!, Second Blessed our we that we shall be foregiven our sins for Christ has risen and we all should come to our holy father redeemed!. Upon this Holy day!, May We remember our responsibilities for our fellow man!, and remember that it is not right to only celebrate All that Is Good on a particular day!, But Every Day!. Ahmen!, Blessings Be To All!.

  • gracentruth

    Amen. Peace,

  • Carol Ann Moore

    Thank you for sharing this!

  • SavedbyGrace

    Jesus died as a sacrifice of propitiation according to God’s will, and was raised again that we could then be given the gift of the Holy Spirit in his name. Salvation by proxy, God’s master plan for a dying and sinful world.

    God bless and keep you Joe Miller.

  • Here is why I believe Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh and why I TRUST Him for what He is: 1. Because NO man ever died, willingly, and for a purpose, and came back from the dead, on His own power, and did so just as He foreordianed and prophecied and he did it for me, as He said he would! 2. No man ever called Himself God and did the things ONLY God could do and that also came out just like He said it would! 3. Becuase of the Word of God, it is Innerrant and Infalliable and no error can or was ever found! 3. Because I was told (Rom 10-9-13/Acts 16:31 KJV) that IF I called upon the NAME of Jesus and did so believing that all I would have to do is ask for forgiveness and I would be saved! ( I Did and I was) 4. No matter how many times I have failed Him, He has never failed me! 5. He loved me no matter what and He owes me nothing and yet gave me all, and He took my sin on Himself….Those are just a few reasons why I believe in a resurrected Christ!! P.S. He is the only thing worth believing anyway!!

  • Tim Zello

    Couldn’t have said it better Joe. And I add the following Scripture, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the s…ame mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.” Ephesians 1:19-21

  • Thank you Joe & Kathleen, for your committment to CHRIST and allowing Him to direct your steps, Restoring Liberty to our state and nation.
    2 Corinthians 4:6 For GOD, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of GOD in the face of CHRIST.