1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Read Matthew 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-11, Luke 24:1-12, and John 20:1-18 to find out what really happened on the morning of the first Easter Sunday.
If you were to testify as a witness, what might you say that would convince others that Jesus is alive? How do the changed lives of true believers in Jesus also bear witness to His reality?
An eyewitness is one whose firsthand knowledge of a crime or an important event is used to ascertain the actual facts surrounding the event in a court of law. One witness is usually insufficient. “The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” (Deuteronomy 19:15).
Paul reminded the Corinthians to remember what they had believed when they first accepted the good news (1 Corinthians 15:1). They were to continue believing that “Christ died for [their] sins . . . was buried, and . . . was raised from the dead on the third day” (vv.3-4). This was the basis of their salvation, for it was true (v.2).
In the span of 40 days, Jesus “appeared to the apostles . . . and He proved to them in many ways that He was actually alive” (Acts 1:3).
In 1 Corinthians 15:5-7, Paul listed credible key eyewitnesses: Peter (Luke 24:34; John 21:1-22), the Twelve (Luke 24:33-49; John 20:19-28), James, Jesus’ previously unbelieving half-brother (John 7:5; Galatians 1:19), and all the apostles (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:3-8). Paul referred to an occasion (possibly Acts 1:9-11) where Jesus “was seen by more than 500 of His followers at one time” (1 Corinthians 15:6). Paul also named himself, for he had met the risen Lord on the Damascus Road (Acts 9:3-5).
Writing some 20 years after the resurrection (AD 53–56), Paul stated that “most of [these eyewitnesses] are still alive” (1 Corinthians 15:6). The fact of Christ’s resurrection, readily verifiable, is firmly established by the testimonies of more than 500 eyewitnesses (John 8:17; 2 Corinthians 13:1).
As eyewitnesses, we too can testify to Jesus’ reality. We have experienced His salvation and presence, and our lives will never be the same!
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Psalm 103:1-22
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