19 He is Risen Indeed!!! - Fr Anil Rego

posted Mar 29, 2018, 9:00 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 9:01 AM ]
Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. (Matthew 28:5-6)

Many attempts have been made to debunk the Resurrection of Jesus, from the very time of His rising from the dead. But the following irrefutable facts can be put forth in defence of His Resurrection.

1. Jesus' body was missing. If the Jews could have found it, they could have stilled the preaching of Jesus' Resurrection that filled Jerusalem. But they could not.

2. The body wasn't stolen. The Romans had no motive. The Jews had no motive. "Aha," you say, "The disciples stole it." There is the matter of the Roman guards, and the disciples' initial disbelief when the women brought them the news early that Easter morning. This brings me to my third point.

3. If the disciples had stolen the body, you wouldn't expect them to risk their lives. People don't die for what they know is not true. But the disciples put their lives on the line, and nearly all were eventually martyred for their faith. They certainly believed it.

4. The Church mushroomed in size in Jerusalem, the very place He was crucified. Followers of Jesus in the city of Jerusalem grew from a few dozen to thousands upon thousands, soon after Jesus' Resurrection. They believed it was true.