Is the resurrection beyond belief?

by David Instone-Brewer

David Instone-Brewer examines the gospel accounts of Jesus rising from the dead, and responds to the claim that early Christians simply made the story up

I love the old Jewish joke about a rabbi who sneaked off to a golf club one Sabbath. God said to the angels: “Watch how I punish him.” As they watched, the rabbi performed a perfect swing from his tee and was rewarded with a hole-in-one. The angels said: “How is that a punishment?” And God replied: “Who can he tell?”

The disciples must have felt like that on the first Sunday when they saw Jesus alive. This was wonderful – but who was it safe to tell? And who would believe it? If they tried to convince people, they’d get into dangerous trouble. The good news that they were rejoicing in would have been dismissed as fake news by any self-respecting Greek or Roman. In their place, we might have concluded it was better to keep this knowledge to ourselves. Fortunately the disciples thought differently…
 

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