In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, addresses the question, did Christ rise from the dead.  Here are some excerpts:

Did Christ Rise From The Dead?

“…What really happened that Easter morning long ago? Did Christ rise from the dead? Can we today retain our intellectual integrity and still believe in the fact of His physical resurrection? I’m quite certain we can. I believe the evidence points unmistakably and irrefutably to the risen Lord…”

1. Some have said that Jesus never really died on the Cross

“…We must remember that the Romans took especial care to make sure that a criminal condemned to be crucified was in fact dead…  We should remember too that such a person, if he did survive, would be in no condition to move a heavy stone, make his way into a garden, and then deceive his followers into believing that he was the triumphant conqueror of death…”

2. Others have said, “The whole story was a put-up job.”

“…It is ludicrous to suppose that the disciples, who were hiding in terror, stole the body of Jesus, disposed of it, and then suddenly became heroes and martyrs, ready to preach the gospel of the resurrection, to die for the truth of a story which they had made up themselves, and to inaugurate a movement to teach people truth by founding it on a lie. No, this theory simply won’t wash…”

3. Still others have said, “The disciples were deluded.”

“…[I]f you think those first Christians were people suffering from a delusion, you have got to go on to say that the whole story of the Christian Church has been built on a delusion. You have got to affirm that for almost 2,000 years, lives have been changed, vile characters have been made upright, as the result of a delusion. It is surely much harder to believe that than to…”


Did Christ Rise From The Dead? Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

April 3, 1988

1 Corinthians 15:20

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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