The proof that Jesus,
the son of God,
did actually rise from the dead,
is in what his disciples had to endure and suffer while proclaiming his message of salvation.
Jesus was crucified on a cross 2000 years ago.
He was dead and was buried in a tomb and guarded by Roman soldiers.
3 days later,
he rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples and even ate with them,
plus he appeared and visitied with about 40 other people before He went to heaven,
promising to return again for His believers.
He gave His disciples the job of evangelizing His message.
Those that believe on Him shall have everlasting life.
They just need to call on his name.
if YOU thought there was any possibility that he was a fake and didn`t rise from the dead,
would you die to spread His message?
Would you give your life for a lie?
But if you saw Jesus rise from the dead and preached his message even after being threatened,
that He was the Saviour of the world,
and were persecuted for preaching it,
and put to death because you preached it,
it would only be because you did see Jesus rise from the dead.
here is the history written by Josephus,
of how all 12 of Jesus` disciples died.
They were all martyred for preaching Jesus rose from the dead and paid for your sins and mine.------------------------------Here is the history:------------------------
HOW THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST DIED:----------------------------------
James the brother of John was killed with a sword during a persecution initiated by King Herod in AD 44.
Andrew was hung on an olive tree around 70 AD.
Doubting Thomas was thrust through with pine spears,
tortured with red-hot plates,
and burned alive around 70 AD.
Philip went to Phrygia where he was tortured and crucified in AD 54.
Matthew was beheaded sometime after 60 AD.
Bartholomew was flayed after he refused to recant.
After the removal of his skin,
he was crucified in 70 AD.
James the lesser was taken to the top of the Temple where a crowd gathered.
When he refused to recant,
he was thrown down.
He survived the fall so a mob beat him to death with clubs in 63 AD.
Simon the Zealot was crucified by the governor of Syria in AD 74.
Judas Thaddeus ministered in Mesopotamia where he was beaten to death with sticks in AD 72.
who replaced Judas Iscariot,
went to Ethiopia and was stoned to death while hanging on a cross in AD 70.
According to Eusebius,
the third century historian,
Peter thought himself unworthy to die in the manner in which Jesus was crucified so he requested that he be crucified upside-down.
And last but not least,
John the beloved is the only disciple who died a natural death,
but that doesn`t mean he was exempt from persecution.
He was exiled to the Island of Patmos and according to legend,
thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil.
I`m not sure what that does to you.
I`m not sure what that does to me.
But I know this:
I`m grateful for the estimated 70 million martyrs who have died because of their faith in Jesus Christ!
And I`m grateful for the freedoms I enjoy as Canadians and Americans.
May we never take them for granted.