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Thursday, 14 April 2011

A Psychological Autopsy Of Jesus Christ: A Telltale evidence for His Resurrection


His Resurrection… Is Our Celebration

We are in the Passiontide of His crucifixion, death and resurrection. We are very sure that His resurrection is the very basic stone of our faith and this forms the elixir of the resurrection of our body.

Yet, the resurrection of Jesus Christ has become a matter of debate for many. A large number of scholars have come forward to disprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but in vain.

There are definite historical evidences pointing for His resurrection.

  • The scriptures…
  • The broken seal…
  • The empty tomb….
  • The large stone (1-2 tone) which was moved, in spite of the Roman guards and seal
  • The behavior of Roman soldiers guarded the tomb and who went on absent without leave…
  • Appearance of Jesus Christ at several places after resurrection…. witnesses to Jesus' appearances
And much more which you might have learnt because of your enthusiastic mind.. Here I’m not going to explore all these historical evidences again but, to approach the event of resurrection logically and psychologically -- a psychological autopsy.


Let us begin…

The frightened disciples

The moment when Jesus Christ was arrested all the disciples who were with Him for three years left Him immediately. They lost their courage to accompany Him in public.
Then all the disciples deserted him and fled ( Mathew 26:56)

Jesus was brought before Pilate, and there He was spit upon, cursed, he was laughed at, whipped, beaten. And He was sentenced to die by the most extreme, shameful form of capital punishment ever devised — crucifixion.

Disciples were frightened like anything. They thought that they will be also murdered and killed for of was being with Him. The first disciple Peter even denied that he knew Jesus.  After Jesus was crucified and buried, they remained in hiding, afraid and depressed, and even thought of going back for fishing. 


What happened on the third day ?

Mary and others came to tell them that Jesus had risen from the dead.

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;  and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead?  "He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,  saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."  And they remembered His words,  and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.  Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles (Luke 24:1-10)

But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.(Luke 24:11-12)

What happened later ?

Something happened to that small band of frightened and humiliated men. Less than two months later, they went back into Jerusalem boldly preaching, at the threat of death, that — JESUS CHRIST WAS RISEN!!

Why would these men, who had displayed such cowardice, risk their lives in going from city to city proclaiming the resurrection ? Had there been any visible benefits accrued to them from their efforts--prestige, wealth, increased social status, material benefits or anything ??

They certainly gained nothing for doing so.

In fact, as a reward for their efforts they were beaten, stoned to death, thrown to lions, tortured, and crucified for their preaching. Every conceivable method was used to stop them from talking.

Yet, they laid down their lives as the ultimate proof of their complete confidence in the truth of their message—The resurrection of Jesus Christ.





They were brave as a lion


Acts chapter 4:18-19, reads, "And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye."

And verse 20 reads, "For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard".

What did transform this cowardice into, bold lions?

It’s nothing but the

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST!

There is no event in the history of universe other than the resurrection of Jesus Christ which could explain this.

After the resurrection, Jesus met with his disciples on a mountain in Galilee and gave them a command to go out and evangelize to all people;

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:16-20).

After he had told his disciples to go out into the world and preach the word of God, Jesus ascended into Heaven;

After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:19-20).

Do you still think that this whole episode was planned by Jesus and his followers?

Dear friend, just safely forget about the historical evidences and See that these men had sealed their testimony with their blood! They died a horrible and martyrs death! Do you think that it was for a lie, knowing it was a lie ? if so, can you even imagine a group of people in the history of universe who forsook all, were beaten, were jailed and even went so far as die for a lie — KNOWING it was a lie!
So there is no way, these 12 men could have all been deceived.
Still you can’t belive ?
There's the man called Saul of Tarsus.Saul of Tarsus thought Jesus was a false messiah, a fake, a blasphemer. And to exterminate Christianity totally, became his passion! The Bible describes him:
"As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison." (Acts 8:3)
"And Saul, yet 
breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, . . ." (Acts 9:1)
Saul of Tarsus was one of Christianitys' most rabid persecutors. One day traveling the dusty road to Damascus, Saul burning with vengeance, with documents authorizing him to capture all the followers of Jesus. But on the road to Damascus something happened to Saul of Tarsus. . .
"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest". (Acts 9:3-5)
And on the road to Damascus, the greatest conversion in history took place! For Saul of Tarsus, among the greatest enemies of Jesus Christ, that ever lived — became the Apostle Paul, THE GREATEST CHRISTIAN THAT EVER LIVED! 
What could so transform this man, that he completely dedicated his life to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ? And was later beheaded at Rome in 67 A.D. for his faith in Jesus Christ. 
There is only one possible explanation
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST!
Denying the resurrection of Jesus Christ is equivalent to creating darkness by closing eyes. You have to close your eyes to these facts and to the overwhelming facts of history which I did not explained here.
What is next?
If Jesus Christ has died and resurrected, you need to do an important and serious task - Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior.
  • Know that you're a sinner.

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Romans 3:10
"... for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23

  • Know that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins.

"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, ..." 1 Peter 2:24
"... Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood," Revelation 1:5

  • Trust Him, and Him alone as your Savior. 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

I mean trust only. The rest – religion, baptism, sacraments.. will later become the part of life style.
But the moments you fail to trust Him, you could be one year, one month, one hour, one minute, one heartbeat, away from the eternity.

Let’s take a firm step ahead into eternity.

HAPPY EASTER…
  

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