Q: What are the historical and Biblical evidences for the
resurrection of Jesus Christ?
A: Thank you for your note to
Truthbook.com. And what an appropriate question as we enter this Easter
season of 2017...
For centuries, the Bible has held the most
striking and complete references and evidences for the resurrection of
Jesus. If you do a Google search for these references, you'll find an
abundance of them. After all, the Bible is primarily an historical
document written by people who were alive at that time, people who were
eyewitnesses to the fact that Jesus did rise from his tomb, people who
witnessed his resurrection appearances. For centuries, these accounts
have inspired the followers of Jesus, and have served as solid and
accepted evidence for his life, his death, and his resurrection.
But you have written your question to our site which is dedicated to
the teachings and the revelation of The Urantia Book, and so,
I hope that you'll do yourself a favor and read its accounts of this momentous
event as well. The Urantia Book offers us a more complete
and replete accounting of the resuurection than has ever been seen on
Part IV of The Urantia Book
is a virtual day-to-day accounting of the life of Jesus, and it
culminates in the thrilling story of the Master's resurrection on that
long-ago Easter Sunday in April, A.D 30. These accountings can be
trusted and can be relied upon for accuracy, as they were written by
spiritual beings who were actually there, beings called Midwayers, who are the faithful recorders of
planetary history. They tell us that :
No event in the history of mankind has had such an
impact on our world. Now—over 2000 years later—we still celebrate and
rejoice that Jesus showed us the final destiny of the children of man.
He was a son of man, as well as a Son of God, and his resurrection on
the third day demonstrates the process by which each of us will
resurrect also. The body of Jesus was dissolved, and his Spirit emerged
triumphant from the grave, to be eventually lifted to Heaven.
evidences of the resurrection of Michael are spiritual in nature,
albeit this teaching is corroborated by the testimony of many mortals
of the realm who met, recognized, and communed with the resurrected
morontia Master. He became a part of the personal experience of almost
one thousand human beings before he finally took leave of Urantia." (189:2.9)
same will happen to us, although with some differences, as we will not
be resurrected here on the earth as Jesus was. His mission was to
proclaim the loving character of God to mankind, and he used this time
following his resurrection to further reiterate these teachings to his
believers. But in essence, he showed us that, like himself, every son
of God has this same opportunity for eternal life.
He was greatly
changed, as is evidenced by both the Biblical accounts of his
appearance to Mary Magdalene, and The Urantia Book
account. This is further evidence that his resurrection was as a
spirit being, and not in his body of the flesh.
I hope that this
reply has been useful to you as you celebrate Easter...you might enjoy
seeing our beautiful flash movie regarding the Master's resurrection HERE. It is a
short, but potent recounting of Jesus' final teachings through some of
his nineteen resurrection appearances.
Thanks again for writing
to us, and please feel free to write back at any time.