Cops are cynical people. It is what makes them excel in a profession where evidence—truth—is more important than a feeling.
I get it after wearing a uniform more than 30 years.
Fact or Fiction?
Many people think Christianity is based upon an emotional acceptance of tales told “once upon a time” that may or may not be true.
Refer to the holiday as you may—Easter bunnies, eggs, etc.—but the reality is that it is on the calendar to celebrate the belief the Jesus Christ was resurrected from the grave. As a result, he offers himself as a redeemer to humanity.
Words Have Meanings
Interestingly enough, the Hebrew term for redeemer is identified as one who rescues others from indentured slavery.
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”
– Job 19:25
If the resurrection of Jesus did not occur, Christianity would fail to exist. Yet it was a highly educated antagonist, Saul of Tarsus, who later wrote,
“Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, …”
– 1 Corinthians 15:6
This fact has so much historical documentation that it cannot be ignored.
If five hundred people saw the resurrected Christ, you need to believe:
- The swoon theory—he never really died—which is medically unrealistic.
- An imposter fooled everyone (so convincingly others were willing to die for the charade).
- There were five hundred people involved in a conspiracy. (This is not only laughable, but something that would have brought trouble their way.)
- Jesus is the Messiah.
There are more than 2.2 billion people willing to do what eleven disciples feared when Jesus was crucified—to follow him. Those eleven were part of the five hundred, and that is why the figure now exceeds 2.2 billion.
Those disciples became the original martyrs. No big deal you say as there have been plenty of martyrs for all religions.
True, but martyrs outside of the original 11 disciples have died for something they thought to be true, but none can be counted as martyrs for something they knew to be false.
If the resurrection was a fairy tale, those men died for something they knew to be a lie. That is Easter evidence that is difficult to reconcile as a fable.
Reinforced in History
Without the resurrection, no other holiday on the Christian calendar would exist!
According to the Bible, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Have a blessed Easter celebration!
(Feature image courtesy Pixabay)
Jim worked in military and civilian law enforcement for thirty-one years. While in the USAF he flew as a crewmember aboard the National Emergency Airborne Command Post—a presidential support detail. Following his military service, he served for twenty-eight years with the Fountain Valley Police Department in Orange County, California where he retired as a lieutenant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Southwest University and graduated from the prestigious Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute as well as the IACP course, Leadership in Police Organizations.
Jim authored The Spirit behind Badge 145, Justice Revealed, and Jurisdiction. He previously worked as the managing editor of Law Enforcement Today. Now, he exclusively shares police related news and the Christian worldview with readers at badge145.com.
He and his wife, Jamie, worshipped and ministered at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California for twenty years before relocating to Texas. They now reside in the greater Austin area and have worshiped at Hill Country Bible Church since 2015, where they also lead a small group ministry for young married couples.