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April 8, 2014 / BTM

The Case for the Resurrection Egg #4

chainMany people accuse the disciples of purposefully lying about Jesus’ resurrection.  They suppose the disciples had a life of popularity and influence that they wished to retain, even after Jesus was ‘gone’.  Others suppose that the disciples imagined or were tricked into thinking that Jesus rose from the dead.  Today’s Egg is a convincing argument against these allegations.

EGG #4: A CHAIN

OPEN EGG #4.  WHAT DO YOU FIND INSIDE?  A PIECE OF CHAIN

What do you think the chain stands for?

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He told the disciples to tell everyone about what He had done and said – including how they had seen Him after He had risen from the dead.  The disciples were happy to do this.

Once when Peter and John were telling people about Jesus, some of the priests and the rulers of the city came up to them.  The priests and rulers were angry that the disciples were teaching people that Jesus had risen from the dead, and that other people would be raised from the dead as well.  The priests and rulers had also heard that Peter and John had healed a crippled man.  They put Peter and John into prison.  The next day, the priests and rulers asked Peter and John how they had healed the crippled man.

Peter said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people!  Are you asking us to explain our actions today?  Do you want to know why we were kind to a disabled man?  Are you asking how he was healed?  Then listen to this, you and all the people of Israel!  You nailed Jesus Christ of Nazareth to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead.  It is through Jesus’ name that this man stands healed in front of you.  […]  You can’t be saved by believing in anyone else.  God has given us no other name under heaven that will save us.” (Acts 4:5-10)

[…]  The leaders saw how bold Peter and John were.  They also realized that Peter and John were ordinary men with no training.  This surprised the leaders.  They realized that these men had been with Jesus.  […]  They commanded them not to speak or teach at all in Jesus’ name.  But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves.  Which is right from God’s point of view?  Should we obey you?  Or God?  There’s nothing else we can do.  We have to speak about the things we’ve seen and heard.” (Acts 4: 12-13)

The disciples were arrested many times and almost all of them were eventually killed because they would not stop teaching everyone that Jesus had risen from the dead and had paid the punishment for everyone’s sins.  They were actually happy to suffer harsh treatment because of what Jesus had done for them!  The chain inside this egg reminds us that the disciples were so convinced that Jesus had risen from the dead, that they were willing to go to jail and even to die rather than pretend they hadn’t seen Him.  You don’t suffer and die for something you know isn’t true.

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