The Coverup of Jesus' Resurrection (Matt 27:62-28:15)

1. Notice that, unlike the followers or Jesus, Jewish religious authorities feared Jesus' body would be gone! What does the Bible tell us about how they covered up the disappearance of Jesus' body?

2. Did you know that today, like the Pharisees two thousand years ago, there are people who try to explain away the resurrection. Put on your thinking cap and by using your brain and logic, you can challenge these false explanations because the truth and facts are on your side!

a. Jesus did not die and instead was unconscious from the injuries He received in the course of crucifixion. In the tomb, He revived, was able to get out of the cloth wrapping, escape from the tomb, and appear to His disciples. (Hint: John 19:33-35)

b. According to Roman custom, Jesus was buried in a mass grave for criminals and was never put into the tomb. (Hint: Matt 27:62-66)

c. The followers of Jesus pretended to see the resurrected Lord. (Hint: Matt 28:16-17; Mark 16:10-13; Luke 24:9-11; John 20:24-25)

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence (1 Pet 3:15)

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