How Do We Know Christ was Raised from the Dead?

Sermon Text:  1 Peter 1:1-9 & John 20:19-31

How do we know Christ was raised from the dead? Why do we believe it? All four gospels mention doubters among Jesus’ followers at the news of his resurrection. Matthew 28:17 says that when Jesus appeared to this disciples in Galilee, “they worshipped him, but some doubted.” How about you? Do you struggle with doubt, like I often do?

Thomas also doubted. His story begins with Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples in Jerusalem the evening of the day of his resurrection. The disciples are gathered in a room with the doors locked because they were afraid of suffering the same fate as Jesus did at the hands of the religious leaders.

But suddenly Jesus “came and stood among them, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he showed them his hands and his side, which still bore the wounds of his crucifixion,” says John. Notice the doors are still closed. So there are two levels of meaning here. On the physical level, Jesus’ body is still a physical body but is now capable of passing through walls and locked doors, so he is already showing signs of his transition to eternal life. And on the spiritual level, his resurrection breaks through his disciples’ fears and gives them joy....Read full sermon here (PDF)