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The Final Word - The Final Word

SPEAKER: Pastor Charlie Riley
April 2, 2021

Easter 2021
Pastor Charlie Riley
April 2, 2021

Prophecy Speaks

Over 300 Prophecies
Chances Of 8 = 1in 10 to 17th power
Silver Dollars Two Feet Deep the Size of Texas
Blind Man Finding 1 Coin
The First Try

Chances of 16 = 10 to the 45th Power
A Ball The Size of the Center of Sun to Neptune
Blind Man Finding 1 Coin On The First Try

Facts Speak

Scholarly Consensus
Jesus was Baptized by John in the river Jordan
Had Disciples
Known as a miracle worker
Known as a Exorcist
He Believed He Played a role in the kingdom of God
Died by Crucifixion

Scholars Speak

We Have Christian, Jewish, and Roman Sources
It’s a not simply Christian Doctrine, It’s a Historical Fact

Jewish Scholar- Pinchas Lapide 1997
“Jesus’ death by crucifixion is “historically certain”

Gerd Ludeman- Atheist NT professor at Göttingen
“Jesus’ death as a consequence of crucifixion is indisputable.”

Bart Ehrman
*“One of the most certain facts of history is that Jesus was crucified on orders of Roman prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate” *

Bart Ehrman
Gnostic-Leaning Towards Atheism
Ph.D. Princeton
He Has Written 30 Books

History Speaks

It’s a Historical Fact that Jesus Died By Crucifixion

Early Historical Accounts
2014 – 66,000 Ancient Manuscripts
Dated To Weeks, Days and Months From The Resurrection

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Disciples Believed They Saw and Met With Jesus
Acts 4 – Peter and John Are Thrown In Jail
Acts 5 – Apostles Jailed and Flogged
Acts 12 – James the Brother of John Put To Death
Acts 12 – Peter Put In Jail
Went from running from the cross to running for the cross
All Died As Martyrs

The Resurrection Was Proclaimed Very Early
Back To the Cross

Conversion of James

Conversion of Paul

Paul Speaks

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Galatians 1:18-21
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.) 21 Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Gerd Lüdemann (Atheist NT professor at Göttingen): “…the elements in the tradition are to be dated to the first two years after the crucifixion of Jesus…not later than three years… the formation of the appearance traditions mentioned in I Cor.15.3-8 falls into the time between 30 and 33 CE.” [The Resurrection of Jesus, trans. by Bowden (Fortress, 1994), 171-72.]

1 Corinthians 15:3-8
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by [a]Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have [b]fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

His Death Speaks

*Jesus Died For Your Sins *
His Death Says You Are Forgiven

His Burial Speaks
He Was Buried For Your Past

Your Past Is Buried

His Resurrection Speaks
He Was Raised In A New Life

You’re United In His Resurrection

Colossians 1:19-20
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

But The Cross Has The Final Word