Grounded in Truth:
The Historical Reality
of Jesus' Crucifixion
and Resurrection

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 27 March 2024
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Rev. Dr. Dean Courtier
dean.courtier@estuaryelim.co.uk

Grounded in Truth: The Historical Reality of Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection

In today's world, where scepticism and doubt often overshadow faith, it's essential to anchor our beliefs in the bedrock of historical truth. As Christians, our faith hinges on the foundational events of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Let's delve into the significance of these historical realities and their profound impact on our lives.

The Crucifixion: A Historical Fact
The apostle Paul affirms the centrality of Jesus' sacrifice in securing our salvation in Romans 3:25, "For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood."

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ stands as one of the most well-documented events in ancient history. Not only do the accounts in the New Testament provide detailed descriptions of this event, but numerous non-Christian sources also corroborate its occurrence. From the writings of Roman historians like Tacitus to Jewish sources like Josephus, the crucifixion of Jesus is affirmed as a historical reality.

Billy Graham - "The death of Jesus is the hinge upon which all human history turns."

The Resurrection: A Defining Moment
The angel's proclamation in Luke 24:6 confirms the reality of Jesus' resurrection, "He isn't here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what He told you back in Galilee"

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the linchpin of the Christian faith. Without it, our faith would be in vain. The empty tomb and the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus to his disciples provide compelling evidence for this transformative event. The early Christian community staked everything on the reality of the resurrection, boldly proclaiming it despite facing persecution and martyrdom.

Charles Stanley - "The resurrection gives our faith the strength to meet every challenge."

The Impact on Our Faith
Paul's assertion in 1 Corinthians 15:17 underscores the pivotal importance of the resurrection to our faith, "And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins."

The historical truth of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection has profound implications for our faith. It validates the claims of Christianity and assures our salvation. Our faith is not based on myths or legends but on verifiable historical events that have endured time. Believing in the reality of Jesus' death and resurrection transforms our lives, offering hope, redemption, and eternal life.

N.T. Wright - "The resurrection is the guarantee that all the sad things will become untrue."

As believers, let us reaffirm our commitment to the historical truths of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. May we boldly proclaim these realities to a sceptical world, sharing the hope and joy of knowing the risen Saviour. Let us anchor our faith in the solid foundation of historical truth, allowing it to transform our lives and inspire others to embrace the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

In conclusion, our faith is grounded in truth - the historical reality of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Let us hold fast to these foundational truths, allowing them to shape our beliefs, guide our actions, and ignite our passion for sharing the Gospel with the world.