March Column: Thought for the Month

Published on: 08 Mar 2013

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March Column: Thought for the Month

with Nigel Somers, Senior Pastor at the Elim Church, Keynsham

It’s not long now until we celebrate Easter. And the big question we need to ask is: “Do we believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ?” Every true Christian will say yes. But what about the evidence? Nigel Somers

Jesus himself, before he died, predicted his bodily resurrection, Matthew 16:21; Eye witnesses saw it, John 20:24 1 Corinthians 15; the empty tomb testifies to it and Church history confirms it. The first thing the disciples proclaimed to the world was: “Jesus is alive!”

Courts depend on the evidence of reliable witnesses to determine what is true.

The most successful defence lawyer in the world is documented in the Guiness Book of World Records (1990). This is what it says: “Most successful lawyer: Sir Lionel Luckhoo . . . (who) succeeded in getting his 245th successive murder charge acquittal by January 1, 1985."

That’s an astonishing feat – 245 murder trials in a row, either won before a jury or on appeal. I can only surmise that he had excellent analytical skills which enabled him to dissect what appeared to be water-tight cases. And he must have been an expert on what constituted reliable and compelling evidence.

As we approach Easter, wouldn’t it be interesting to get an opinion from an expert like Luckhoo on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

During his own spiritual journey, Luckhoo turned his expertise to the question of whether the resurrection of Jesus Christ fitted the test of legal evidence. And here's the conclusion he ultimately reached: “I say unequivocally that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt.”

May you too discover the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter.

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