Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Why Did The Lord Jesus Christ Perform Miracles?

  • Quite simply, the purpose of this brief article is to provide the fundamental reasons that Jesus Christ performed miracles for mankind:
           1.) He performed miracles to fulfill prophecies (Matthew 12:40).
           2.) Jesus performed miracles to bring people to genuine conversion of heart (John 20:30-31).
           3.) He performed miracles because people believed in Him (Luke 7; Matthew 15:21-28).
           4.) Christ performed miracles to prove to others that He was indeed the coming Messiah (John 10:36-39).
           5.) He loved the people around Him; move with compassion for suffering people (Matthew 14:14).

Jesus' Disciples Did NOT Hallucinate!

  • Introduction:

          -Opponents of the Christian religion oftentimes attempt to dismiss the biblical resurrection narratives of Jesus Christ by laying the charge that the apostles merely had visions of Him rising from the grave. In other words, atheists and members of different religions object to Jesus' resurrection by stating that the apostles simply had seen hallucinations, rather than actually seeing the body of the risen Christ. But does this argument against Christianity hold any water, or does it open a new can of worms for our skeptics because of a lack of credibility to formulate logical views?

  • Refuting The "Hallucination Theory":
          -If "hallucinations" could provide a plausible pretext for denying the biblical resurrection accounts, then they could only provide a possible justification for rejecting post-resurrection appearances. But if one decides to go with this theory, then how does he or she offer an explanation for the empty tomb, the removal of the huge bolder, and the mysterious disappearance of the dead body?
          -It would be extremely improbable for several hundred people to experience the same hallucination for a period of forty days, especially at the same time and location (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:3). In fact, most hallucinations are not repetitive in nature or able to converse with people, with the exception being some sort of severe mental illness. Neither can one simply accuse the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ of having illusions because these resurrection appearances originated from outside sources, not from within.
          -How can hallucinations eat or be physically touched (Matthew 28:9; Luke 24:42-43; John 20:27-28)?

Refuting The Swoon Theory

  • Defining The Issues:
          -The "Swoon Theory" was originally proposed by opponents of the resurrection during the nineteenth century. It is built off the unproven assumption that the Lord Jesus Christ never really died on a cross, but rather, came near to facing death due to being crucified. This theory is further elaborated on by the suggestion that Jesus was simply removed from the cross and that He reappeared after three days to His disciples by escaping from His tomb. The Swoon Theory claims that such an occurrence was made possible as a result of alleged recuperation in the coolness of a tomb for a period of three days. In summary, this theory states that Jesus Christ only appeared to have died on a cross and thus deceived His disciples into believing in His resurrection.

  • The Swoon Theory Has Many Fatal Dilemmas:
          -Jesus Christ was beaten on the face and mocked during six trials among Jewish and Roman authorities (Matthew 26-27; Luke 23; John 18). He even suffered from thirty-mine lashes on His back.
         -His scalp was severely torn by the crown of thorns (Matthew 27:29).
         -Jesus' heart stopped pumping due to nails being driven through His wrists onto a wooden .              crossbeam, which was raised directly into the air. Not only did Jesus asphyxiate from His chest cavity being filled with liquid, but He also became extremely dehydrated while He was suffering on the cross for our sins. Jesus' side was pierced with a spear (John 19:34-35).
         -The body of Jesus Christ was tightly encased in linen (John  19:38-42).
         -Jesus' body would have gone without any sort of medical attention or be given a source of bodily nourishment during the three days of being buried in the tomb.
           *If He was alive during that period of three days, then He would have had insufficient strength to remove the bulky stone from the cave, to put up a fight with the Roman soldiers, or to even have accomplished both tasks (if any of the two at all).
         -The Roman guards who were appointed to surround the tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ were very meticulous in their work because if He successfully escaped the secured tomb, then the Roman government would have executed them for their failure to keep the tomb sealed tightly.