Had it not been for the post resurrection reunion between the disciples and the living Christ, Christianity would not exist. Those experiences not only convinced Jesus’ followers that He had indeed risen, it transformed them into dynamic teachers who were now willing to give up their lives in order to proclaim His message.
Many of them were arrested, imprisoned, and beaten. Eventually all eleven of the disciples would die a martyr’s death, with the exception of the apostle John. (It is believed John was boiled in oil for testifying that he had seen the resurrected Christ but somehow managed to survive the ordeal. He was eventually imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos.) The question is … would these men have been so willing to suffer and die for a lie? Would they have been so bold if this whole thing was a charade? Yet none of them recanted when faced with death. Why? Because they had seen Him alive. They had spoken with Him. They had touched Him. Professor Thomas Arnold of Oxford University sums it up:
I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.
 LaHaye, T. (2009). Jesus. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook.
Published on Monday, April 27, 2015 @ 4:26 AM CDT