THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST: FACT OR FICTION?

Clergy Corner by Fr. Robert Falabella

Jesus declared: “I am the Resurrection and the life...” (John 11:25) (and He) opened their minds to understand the Scriptures that it is written that the Christ would offer and die and rise from the dead on the third day” (Luke 24:45-47).

Today’s Reading from the Mass is taken from the Acts of the Apostles (3:15) which deals with this revelation of the Resurrection: “The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.”

The critical question is: Have we any reason to BELIEVE these witnesses? Today’s deniers of the Resurrection of Jesus would have us believe that those “witnesses,”  seeing that the body of Jesus in the tomb was quite dead, nonetheless, stole the body, hid it away and then declared: “HE IS RISEN.”

But history clearly attests that as a result of claiming that Jesus had risen, these self-confessed “witnesses” of Jesus were beaten, thrown into prison and crucified. Why would they or any of us for that matter, realizing we had been following a fraud, would go about pretending he had risen as he had predicted?

Common sense itself, then, argues for the reasonableness of believing in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, we also have the very life and word of Jesus in Sacred Scripture predicting his death and Resurrection: “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life” (Cf: Matthew 20:17-19; Matthew 16:21; Luke 9:22-37).

When we stand in judgement before God -- whom would we prefer to be identified with -- the word of someone who is OTHER THAN GOD or the word of our LORD, JESUS CHRIST?

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