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April 10, 2014 / BTM

The Case for the Resurrection Egg #6

 

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This is the last Egg in my Case for the Resurrection Eggs series.  You may have noticed that I’ve covered most of the Minimal Facts about the resurrection of Jesus in kid-friendly language with these Eggs.  The Minimal Facts are:

  • Jesus died by crucifixion.
  • Jesus’ tomb was found empty (of his body).
  • The disciples claimed to have seen a resurrected Jesus.
  • Jesus’ disciples had an early and sudden belief in the resurrection (this was not something that was invented by Christians centuries after the fact).
  • Paul (an enemy to Christianity) and James’ (a skeptic of Jesus) change of heart.

Today’s Egg is a means to tie these up for young children.

EGG #6:  BIBLE

OPEN EGG #6.  WHAT DO YOU SEE INSIDE?  A BIBLE

There are four gospels in the New Testament that are written by disciples (Matthew, John) or by people who’d heard what the disciples had taught (Luke, Mark).  These gospels tell us what the disciples saw or heard Jesus do.  They are the eyewitness accounts of the disciples.

What is an eyewitness?  (Someone who sees something happen with their own eyes).

The disciples and their followers wrote the gospels to tell us about what they saw and heard while Jesus was on earth.  For example, Luke says that he wrote the Gospel of Luke because:

Many people have attempted to write about the things that have taken place among us.  Reports of these things were handed down to us.  There were people who saw these things for themselves from the beginning and then passed the word on.

I myself have carefully looked into everything from the beginning.  So it seemed good also to me to write down an orderly report of exactly what happened.  I am doing this for you, most excellent Theophilus.  I want you to know that the things you have been taught are true.  (Luke 1: 1-4, NIrV)

John says that he wrote his gospel because:

[He – John] is the disciple who gives witness to these things [the things he writes in the gospel].  He also wrote them down.  We know that his witness is true.  (John 21:24, NIrV)

The eyewitnesses to Jesus life, death and resurrection wanted to make sure that everyone could hear the message and have their sins forgiven.  You are one of the people that the disciples wrote the gospels for!  They want you to know that you can believe that they really saw Jesus after He had risen from the dead.

PS – To make our mini Bible, I stapled small sheets of paper together and wrote the following words, one per page (because its more fun to read that way): Jesus rose from the dead.  We saw it with our own eyes.  From the Disciples.

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