John 2:19 NIV
Let’s take a look at another theory from those who try to disprove Christ’s resurrection: the Swoon Theory. In his book, The Passover Plot, Hugh J. Schonfield suggests that Jesus was just unconscious when he was taken down from the cross, and thought to be dead. Then in the coolness of the tomb He woke up, came out, and convinced His disciples that He’d actually risen from the dead. It raises some interesting questions: 1) The Swoon Theory is fairly recent – only around 200 years old. If people suspected this is what happened, why did nobody suggest this was the answer at the time of Jesus’ resurrection? 2) What about the testimony of the centurion sent by Pilate? This man must have seen death regularly. His job as an executioner was to make sure that those who went through this punishment did in fact die. He must have been certain that Jesus was dead. 3) What about the grave clothes? It was a custom for Jews to wrap dead bodies in grave clothes, using a hundred pounds of spices between the folds, and sealing the garments tightly around the corpse like a mummy. The head was also wrapped. Jesus wouldn’t have been able to breathe. 4) How could a man in such a weakened condition remove the great boulder that sealed His tomb, and overcome the Roman guards? When we look at these questions, it becomes more difficult to believe that the Swoon Theory is correct than to believe that Jesus’ resurrection happened. We know that God’s capable of doing miracles, and the resurrection is another example of His miraculous power and promises. So let’s believe the truth of the resurrection.
Exo 12:1-14; Matt 27:57-66; Ps 49:1-15; Deut 21:22-23
John 2:19 NIV
Let’s examine another theory put forth by those who try to disprove the truth of Christ’s bodily resurrection: the “Swoon Theory.” In his book, The Passover Plot, Hugh J. Schonfield theorizes that Jesus simply swooned, was taken down from the cross, and thought to be dead. Then in the coolness of the tomb He revived, came out, and convinced His disciples that He’d actually risen from the dead. It raises some interesting questions. For example, how come for eighteen hundred years prior to this theory, neither friends nor foes of Christianity ever mentioned it? And what about the Roman centurion who pierced Christ’s side with a spear, and blood and water came out – empirical evidence that life ceased because the blood had separated into its constituent elements? And what about the testimony of the centurion sent by Pilate: a man who dealt and trafficked in death, whose business it was as an executioner to know that Jesus was dead? Then there’s the question of the grave clothes. Jews customarily wrapped dead bodies in grave clothes and used a hundred pounds of spices between the folds, sealing the garments around the corpse, like a mummy. The head was also wrapped. How could Jesus have breathed? And how could a man in such a weakened condition remove the great boulder that sealed His tomb and overcome the Roman guards? It takes more faith to believe that than it does to believe the truth of what really happened! Christ is risen!
Soul food: Exo 12:1-14; Matt 27:57-66; Ps 49:1-15; Deut 21:22-23
Johannes 2:19 NLV
Kom ons ondersoek nog ‘n teorie wat deur diegene voorgestel word wat die waarheid van Christus se liggaamlike opstanding probeer weerlê: die ‘Beswymingsteorie.’ In sy boek, The Passover Plot, bespiegel Hugh J. Schonfield dat Jesus net in ‘n beswyming gegaan het en toe van die kruis afgehaal is omdat mense gedink het Hy is dood. In die koelte van die graf het Hy egter toe weer bygekom, opgestaan en sy dissipels oortuig dat Hy uit die dood opgestaan het. Daar is egter gapings in hierdie teorie. Hoekom, byvoorbeeld, het geen vriende of vyande vir agtien honderd jaar voor hierdie teorie bekend gemaak is, dit ooit genoem nie? Wat van die Romeinse soldaat wat Jesus se sy met ‘n spies gesteek het en toe het daar bloed en water uitgekom – empiriese bewys dat daar nie meer lewe was nie omdat die bloed in sy samestellende komponente geskei het? En wat van die getuienis van die soldaat wat deur Pilatus gestuur is: ‘n man wat elke dag met die dood te doen gehad het; wie se werk as laksman dit was om te weet dat Jesus dood is? Dan is daar die vraag van die grafskleed. Jode het gewoonlik dooie liggame in ‘n grafskleed toegedraai en honderde kilogramme se kruie tussen die voue daarvan geplaas, voordat die kleed om die liggaam geseël is. Die kop is ook toegedraai. Hoe kon Jesus asemgehaal het? Hoe kon ‘n man in so ‘n verswakte toestand die groot klip wat sy graf verseël het weggerol het en die Romeinse wagte oorrompel het? Dit neem meer geloof om dit te glo as om die waarheid van wat regtig gebeur het, te glo! Christus het opgestaan!
Sielskos: Eks 12:1-14; Matt 27:57-66; Ps 49:1-15; Deut 21:22-23
1 Thessalonians 4:14 NIV
Sometimes we’ll come across people who try to disprove that Jesus’ resurrection ever happened. So over the next few days, let’s take a look as some of their theories. Some people say that because the Gospels were written two to three hundred years after the event, the story was either untrue or embellished. But archaeology has disproved that. We now know that the testimonies of the resurrection go back to the decade in which it took place, and that the Gospels were written by the authors they’re attributed to, not to others who were writing later. Some people say that because Jesus promised He’d rise from the dead, the disciples fully expected Him to, and so they experienced hallucinations or visions. But there’s never been an incident where hundreds of people from different backgrounds saw the same vision at the same time. When Peter preached to the crowd on the day of Pentecost, he was only ten minutes away from the tomb. Thousands of people believed what he was saying; others heard it and didn’t believe (take a look at Acts 2:14-40). It would have been a fairly easy thing to go and disprove what Peter was saying. If Jesus hadn’t been raised from the dead, His body would have still been in a tomb, or hidden somewhere. All they’d have to do is find it, and Peter’s account would have fallen apart. And the conspiring Sadducees would definitely have taken every opportunity to prove that Peter was wrong, and show that it was simply a hallucination, or a made-up story. But instead, we can be confident that the resurrection is true, and God kept His promise of salvation.
Gen 22:1-18; Matt 27:33-56; Ps 22; Isa 53
1 Thessalonians 4:14 NIV
Let’s look at some theories peddled by those who’ve tried to deny the resurrection. Some say that because the Gospels were written two to three hundred years after the event, the story was either falsified or embellished. But archaeology disproves that. Now we know that the Gospels go back to the authors whose names they bear, and that the testimony of the resurrection goes back to the decade in which it took place. So there was no time for legend to develop! Some say that the disciples experienced visions or hallucinations because Christ promised to rise from the dead and they fully expected Him to. But in the history of hallucinations there is no incident where five hundred people from different backgrounds ever saw the same vision at the same time. And what about the two disciples on the Emmaus Road who walked and talked with Christ after His resurrection, then ate supper with Him? (See Luke 24:13). Were they hallucinating too? When Peter preached on the day of Pentecost about his “great hallucination,” he was standing only ten minutes away from the tomb (See Acts 2:24). Thousands of people believed; others heard it and didn’t believe. Did no one think of walking down the street to check it out? Certainly those conspiring Sadducees would have taken every opportunity to show that this was simply a hallucination. On coastlines there are lighthouses shining, and attracted by the light, birds fly into them only to end up wounded or dead. That reminds us of the critics of Christ’s resurrection, doesn’t it?
Soul food: Gen 22:1-18; Matt 27:33-56; Ps 22; Isa 53