This weekend we bow the knee of our hearts and share with the world that “[Jesus] is risen indeed!”
For our devotional today, I have simply listed several quotes from highly educated, academic people. Each of them wanted to disprove the resurrection. They wanted to close the book on Jesus as our risen King and God, but they failed in their mission.
I hope you will rejoice as you read these quotes from skeptics turned believers who later said “yes” to Jesus.
Historian Philip Schaff, author of History of the Christian Church, said, “The infinite test question to Christianity is the resurrection. It is either the greatest miracle or the greatest delusion which history records.”
Dr. William Lyon Phelps of Yale University stated, “The test question for the life of Christ is the resurrection.”
Even well-known atheist H.L. Mencken said, “There is no way to reconcile theology and science.” He added, “If Jesus Christ rose from the dead, that makes Christianity possible.”
Professor Wolfhart Pannenberg of the University of Munich commented that “whether the resurrection of Jesus took place or not is a historical question, and the historical question at this point is inescapable. And so the question has to be decided on the level of historical argument.”
Professor Thomas Arnold, Headmaster at Rugby School, author of The History of Rome, and former Chair of Modern History at Oxford University, was well acquainted with evaluation evidence to determine historical fact. After carefully sifting the historical evidence for the resurrection of Christ, this great scholar said, “I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proven by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God has given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.”
John Capeley was a professor at Cambridge University who rose to the highest office in the judgeship in England. He is recognized as one of the greatest legal minds in British history and is known for saying, “I know pretty well what evidence is, and I tell you, such evidence as that for the resurrection has never been broken down yet.”
Lord Darling, another British judge said, “No intelligent jury in the world could fail to bring a verdict that the Resurrection Story is true.”
Professor Simon Greenleaf served as head of Harvard University’s law department and wrote The Principles of Legal Evidence. Three of his students challenged Greenleaf to apply his book to the resurrection of Christ by investigating the reliability of the evidence for Jesus rising from the dead. He accepted their challenge and concluded, “There’s no better documented historical evidence than that for the resurrection of Christ.” Greenleaf added, “I am convinced that you can convince any jury in England or America that Christ rose from the dead.”
This Sunday we agree with the Scriptures, historical evidence, and skeptics that “He is risen indeed!” Please pass these words on to your network this week.