Questions and Answers: Study 5
By Students of The “Finding Out About Christ” Course.
QUESTIONS PAGE 17
Explain: “… but nothing was left behind because the tomb was empty!”
To prove that dinosaurs once lived on earth we put their bones on display. But there is nothing left to show when Jesus came alive and returned to Heaven. We do, however, have the honest account of those who saw Him alive before He returned to Heaven. We must decide if their account is true. Everything suggests it is! See Study 5.
Explain: “… as by one born out of due time.”
Paul was the last person to see the risen Christ. It was probably many months later than the other apostles. In this verse he is saying: “I missed the appearances of Jesus because I was not a disciple at the time. Jesus showed Himself alive to them before He returned to Heaven but to me (and to me only!) after he had returned to Heaven! I was the last to see Him. I arrived late on the scene like a baby born at the wrong time.”
QUESTION PAGE 17 (Margin)
Explain: “What does ‘He borrowed a rich man’s tomb’ mean?”
People often prepare for the day when they die. Some people, in biblical times, would have a tomb dug and ready for their burial. A rich man called Joseph had prepared a new tomb for himself. Joseph was a secret disciple who loved Jesus. He took the dead body of Jesus and laid it in his own new tomb (Matthew 27:57-60). For a brief while Jesus “borrowed” that tomb. When Jesus rose from the dead He no longer needed it.
QUESTION PAGE 20
Explain: “If Jesus is not risen, there is no reason to believe that His punishment was adequate”
Criminals are released from prison when they have been adequately punished (i.e. punished enough for their crimes). If the punishment of Jesus was sufficient for our sins then we should expect Him to be released from the “prison” of death. If Jesus was not released from this “prison” (i.e. if the resurrection did not take place) then Jesus has not been punished enough, and believers are still under condemnation See 1Corinthians 15:17.
Explain: “Hebrews 10:26-28”
True Christians not only understand the “truth” about Jesus; they also practice it. These verses are a warning to those who say they are Christians but continue in their sins. They must live as Christians and please God. Christians still sin, but those who sin “wilfully” (without remorse) show they are not real Christians at all.
Explain: "Why did Jesus not show Himself to all His disciples at once"?
The simplest answer is because all the disciples weren't together at the same time. Like any group of people they came and went. In the absence of Jesus, they had no reason to gather for His instruction as they used to do.
Explain: "Why did Jesus invite His disciples to handle His resurrection body?"
It was to prove that Jesus had a real body and that He wasn't a spirit or ghost (Luke 24:39). Someone was there before their eyes, and Jesus wanted them to know that it was Himself, in the flesh. He had conquered death! When they touched Him, they discovered that His body was warm and solid, just like it had been before He died. Christians can now face death with confidence, knowing that they too will be raised to live again.
Explain: "What is meant by 'some are fallen asleep' (1Cor. 15:6)?"
Christians refer to death as sleep because death is only a temporary state from which we will awake. When Jesus returns to this world He will "wake" the dead with a shout (1Thessalonians 4:13-16). Read about the raising of Jairus' daughter by Jesus (Mark 5:22-24, 35-43) and you will understand.