One of the strongest evidences of the integrity of the Scriptures, as well as of the bodily resurrection of our Lord, is to be found in the incredulity of the disciples, recorded without any attempt to conceal. Their disbelief changed to a joyous assurance that in turn sent them out with a message carrying conviction and transforming power, a message for which each of them eventually died.
Would to God that we had such convictions and such Spirit-inspired messages today!
The natural man finds himself confronted with objections to the Resurrection that he cannot cope with. To him it is against scientific experience and contrary to personal experience.
Only as our hearts are touched and illuminated by the Holy Spirit are we able to see spiritual truths in their proper perspective. Only then can faith triumph over reason and the seemingly impossible become a glorious reality, the very cornerstone of our Christian hope.
The physical appearance of the resurrected Saviour caused his disciples to be “amazed.” They “trembled” at the sight and we are told that they were “afraid.”
To spiritualize the Resurrection is to violate the rules of evidence and to eliminate the basic implications of this glorious event of history.
That those who first saw the risen Christ did not recognize him involves lessons we dimly understand. His resurrection body had certain characteristics which differed from the one his disciples knew.
But it was a body and it was the same body for in it were the nail prints in hands and feet and the wound from the spear thrust into his side.
That they did not see an apparition or hallucination is made clear by our Lord: “Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is ...1
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