We celebrate Jesus! We celebrate His dying and why He died! We celebrate His resurrection from the tomb. We do this just like the earliest of Jesus followers. The following explains what they believed and celebrated almost from their very mouths.
A creed was developed by the early Christians and the Apostle Paul received it from other Apostles, Peter and James. Critics believe he received it when he first went up to Jerusalem, see Gal 1:18-19.
So what is this creed and how do we know it was a creed?
How do we know? Form criticism experts have done the research to determine that within these verses is the creed delivered to Paul.
What is the creed? I Corinthians 15: 3b-6a, and verse 7
…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was buried…
…and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve…
…then he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…
…then he was seen by James, then by all the apostles…
So, there it is. A statement of faith by the earliest Christians going back to just after Jesus rose from the dead.
What is a creed? It is generally a summary statement about an event or set of beliefs. In this case it is both, because events were involved and these events established facts related to beliefs.
Could this be legend? I think not. This is a news flash of what happened right after it happened. It was coded and stated by Christians to one another and to others around them.
Do you believe these statements about Jesus? Do you want to investigate the earliest writings about him? Here it is. Read 1 Corinthians 15 and then move to the next documentation: the Gospel of Mark or any of the other gospels.
More lengthy research on the creed
Documentation regarding the Resurrection
He Came Down From Heaven
Why Did Jesus Die?
…they did this to my Savior!
I’m a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, and today, I am celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. So are dozens of my colleagues. How can this be?
Click here and read the three hypotheses. The last one is funny!
Since we are coming of the celebration of Easter, I thought this article so significant. It poses potential issues surrounding the Resurrection of Jesus and deals with the facts.
I see that oral histories are dealt with in this article. Also that for those of us who want more data, Dr. Jones book, How We Got the Bible, is available with more extensive review of the data.
Article from TheGospelCoalition.org:
The witch’s knife plunged deep into the lion’s heart, and the majestic creature quivered and died. For a few seconds, complete silence descended on the movie theater. A slight sniffling beside me broke the stillness, and that’s when I heard my 9-year-old daughter whisper a rather profound word of wisdom to her friend.
A few months earlier, my daughter Hannah had heard the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was being adapted into a feature film. I told her she wouldn’t be allowed to see the movie until she first read the fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis. Then I added a challenge: if she read all seven books in the series before the movie’s release, I’d take her and her friend Lacey to see it on opening day. Three weeks later, Hannah had devoured all of the Chronicles of Narnia. So, on the afternoon of its release, I ended up in a packed theater with two girls, watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Read more of this post
Here are more of the names and titles attributed to Jesus Christ. Worship him through what the Scriptures revealed of Him, the Son of the Living God.
God bless you as you worship Him!
|Unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever. Hbr 1:8
||Jhn 1:1; Mat 1:23;Isa 40:3
|Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever
|The Mighty God
|The Everlasting God
|The True God
|My Lord and my God
|God my Saviour
|Over all, God blessed for ever. Amen
|The God of the whole earth
|God manifest in the flesh
|Our God and Savior
|The great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ
|Emanuel, God with us
|The God of Abraham, The God of Isaac, The God of Jacob
||Exd 3:2, 6
- Charles Spurgeon (rulookingforjesus.wordpress.com)
But, look what he had to endure…
…there was a terrible price paid for me…
We, my wife and I, worshiped with this lady yesterday. Thank God for redemption, forgiveness, repair, and restoration.
- Come to the Resurrection (poetdoug.wordpress.com)
- Resurrection (sela12.wordpress.com)
Here is someone that you may not have heard from. You may not have heard of him but that doesn’t mean that he does not know his data–he does. Also do not assume that he is new to the subject of New Testament eyewitness testimony–he isn’t! Also he is older than he appears. Read more of this post
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I just discovered a good debate between Dr Bart Ehrman and Dr. Michael Licona. This is a good exchange of concepts between what could be considered an evangelical, Michael Licona, and the atheists/agnostics view, Bart Ehrman.