Print

Study Guide: New Insights or Same Old Nonsense?

Sunday April 16, 2006 | Greg Boyd

Focus Scripture:


Brief Summary:

Christ’s resurrection is miraculous! The claim that a human being rose from the dead, and is God, is very difficult to comprehend. We’re used to people dying and staying dead. Our culture is looking to new insights and reasons to disprove and disbelieve the validity of the Gospels and the resurrection of Jesus. However, the New Testament Gospels make the claim that Jesus is God, and that he indeed rose from the dead. In contrast to recent discoveries, like the Gospel of Judas, the New Testament Gospels have been proven historically accurate, and have withstood the test of time. Even with all of the historical evidence, we still, by faith, have to make a choice to believe. We can either believe that Christ was a liar or a crazy person, or we can believe that Jesus is God and that he indeed rose from the dead.


Extended Summary:

Christ’s resurrection is miraculous! The claim that a human being rose from the dead, and is God, is very difficult to comprehend. Death seems so very normal to us. We’re used to people dying and staying dead. Our culture is looking to new insights and reasons to disprove and disbelieve the validity of the Gospels and the resurrection of Jesus. However, the New Testament Gospels make the claim that Jesus is God, and that he indeed rose from the dead.

In contrast to recent discoveries, like the Gospel of Judas, the New Testament Gospels have been proven historically accurate, and have withstood the test of time. The New Testament Gospels were written very closely to when the events actually occurred. “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” (Luke 1:1-4).

Unlike other writings that were written hundreds of years following an event, we can believe that what was written in the Gospels is true and factual.

However, even with all of the historical evidence, we still, by faith, have to make a choice to believe. We can either believe that Christ was a liar or a crazy person, or we can believe that Jesus is God and that he indeed rose from the dead.

By believing in Jesus and in his resurrection, we find out that there is something more than this life. It is a life more beautiful and it extends beyond the grave. The resurrection proves that death doesn’t have the last word. Christ has both conquered sin and death. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we are no longer separated from God. We have been forgiven and promised eternal life.

Through the resurrection of Christ, we can also have hope in this life. No matter what the trials and circumstances are, we know that these things are temporary. Our life as believers is found in Christ and that transforms how we live today. In Christ, our lives have a purpose and meaning.


Reflection Questions:

  1. Do you believe that the New Testament Gospels are reliable? Why?
  2. Why do you think people are interested in books like The DaVinci Code or recently discovered “lost” Gospels?
  3. Do you believe that Jesus is God and rose from the dead? If so, how does that impact your view of death?
  4. How does Christ’s resurrection impact how you live today? Meditate this week on 2 Timothy 4:3-5 and I Corinthians 15:42-44.

Print