The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, says Paul, was not only foretold by Scripture; but also Jesus Himself was seen by hundreds of eyewitnesses after He arose.

“He was seen by Peter, and then by the Twelve. After that, He was seen by more than 5oo of  His followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then He was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw Him.” 1 Corinthians 15:6-8 NLTImage may contain: ocean, sky, outdoor, nature and waterEyewitnesses were very important in Jewish law; no man could be condemned without the agreement of two witnesses.  In fact, the attempt of the religious rulers of Jesus’ day to condemn Him with false charges backfired spectacularly; many false witnesses were found, but no two of them would agree with each other, and the high priest had to find another way to condemn Jesus.

In stark contrast, the agreement of hundreds of witnesses over a period of many years (most of them still being alive a quarter of a century later when Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians) provides rock-solid evidence that Jesus did, in fact, arise from the dead. The risen Jesus was seen in multiple places at multiple times by multiple witnesses; those who believe have a sure foundation for their faith.

 

 

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