I did not come up with the following rationale on my own, rather I listened to a good friend who is a deeper thinker than myself explaining to someone why they were a Christian and found it to be one of the best and most rational reasons for giving the Bible a good looking into that I had ever heard. On this our most important, and sacred day of the year it seems like a good topic for the blog. I was already a Christian when I heard it, but if I hadn’t been it would have caused me to do some serious thinking about the issue.
The empty tomb of Easter Sunday is an extremely compelling thing. Roughly 2,000 years ago – a sizable group of people saw something they could not explain: a man who apparently rose from the dead.
Christianity, in it’s infancy at the time, was basically a lunatic fringe offshoot group of Judaism which was viewed with great suspicion by the government in power. After all, its leader had just been very publicly executed in an excruciatingly painful way – shortly after which his followers were hiding out in terror of meeting the same fate.
And then that leader turned up again – very much alive. Had this been some kind of hoax pulled off by the tiny, powerless and frightened group of people in question it would have been a very easy one to put down. Instead – it grew. Instead – more people saw him, and saw him, and touched him, and heard him speak, and the lunatic fringe group only continued to grow like a wildfire despite all of those holding power at the time wanting it to go away.
More than any feeling I may have, I find this simple set of straightforward historical details well worth some looking into.
Hallelujah, my Redeemer lives!