Christians believe that Jesus Christ:
1. is fully divine and fully human
2. is resurrected from the dead (1 Cor 15:12-14 NKJV)
Being fully divine, Jesus knew the excruciating suffering and pain He had to go through with the crucifixion as a human being. He prayed to His Father so hard at Gethsemane that He sweated drops of blood. He begged, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.. . . O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me except I drink it, Thy will be done.” (Matt 26:39, 42 KJV)
Why did Jesus go through the crucifixion as a human being? The crucifixion showed Jesus and God’s unconditional love for us sinners in order for Jesus to put us right with God. Jesus is the propitiation for us sinners. His atoning sacrifice for our sins reconciles us with God, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).
In all of Jesus’ miracles there were human witnesses but in the greatest miracle of all---in the resurrection---there was NO human witness. But there were three kinds of evidence at the resurrection left as witnesses. (John 10:24-30 TEV). They were:
1. The Linen clothes ie The Shroud of Turin in Italy
2. The cloth around Jesus face ie The Sudarium of Oviedo in Spain and
3. The empty Tomb ie The Resurrection of Jesus
The Shroud of Turin scientifically proved, without a shadow of doubt, that the person was crucified at the 1st century, was buried and had left an image which could not be duplicated even in the 21st century. It showed the resurrection of Jesus by divine power.
You may like to watch the following YouTube:
Shroud of Turin: The Face of Jesus (Gary Habermas & Bob Rucker) Nuclear Engineer, Bob Rucker, concluded that the shroud is an x-ray image of the resurrection
History of the Shroud of Turin- Barrie Schwortz
Shroud of Turin by Tim Rogers---Great summary and resurrection
Faith and Science - The Shroud of Turin - Ignited by Truth 2018
You may also like to read the articles on the resurrection of Jesus:
1. The Empty Tomb of Jesus
2. The Evidence for the Resurrection
3. Was Jesus' resurrection a hoax and His death a sham?
4. Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead?
5. Evidence FOR the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
6. Was Jesus seen alive after His death on the Cross?
Jesus challenges me and you:
“As for me, the Father chose me and sent me into the world. How, then, can you say that I blaspheme because I said that I am the Son of God? Do not believe me, then, if I am not doing the things my Father wants me to do. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, you should at least believe my deeds, in order that you may know once and for all that the Father is in me and that I am in the Father.” (John 10:36-38 TEV)
From the above YouTube and articles, all the evidence point to the authenticity of the shroud that proved Jesus has resurrected from the dead and the answer to faith is in the heart of the individual. Do I believe that Jesus has resurrected from the dead? Do you believe this is possible?
Why is it important for me or you to believe in the divine work of resurrection by Jesus? If I believe, it will slowly transform me to be like Jesus and to be able to love unconditionally. Being human I will not be able to give or sustain imparting this unconditional love. But Jesus has promised, “I will never turn away anyone who comes to Me” (John 6:37 TEV) so if I go to Jesus, moment by moment, He will slowly transform me. He has been faithful to support, strengthen and instill hope in me.
Written on 15 April 2019