Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christ’s Resurrection

dec07I suppose it’s the wrong time of year to be posting about the resurrection but understanding this is crucial for our salvation. After all, Christ’s birth wouldn’t benefit anybody if he hadn’t also lived a sinless life, been the spotless sacrificial lamb on the cross, and rose bodily as he promised.

The Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign of his authority so he spoke of the temple as being a metaphor for his body. In John 2:19 (KJV), it’s written, “Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'”

But the religious leaders misunderstood Jesus’ analogy and threw his claim back in his face. As Matthew 27:40 (KJV) records them mocking, “And saying, ‘Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.'”

And what about the false accusation concocted by the Pharisees that the disciples stole dec07athe body of Christ? As Matthew 28:13 (KJV) plainly quotes those religious leaders advising the soldiers, “Saying, ‘Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.'” How can anybody steal a spirit or gasses, as some Witnesses claim Christ’s body became?

If Jesus rose as a spirit being and only manifested a physical body for the sake of his disciples, why does the Bible say we’ll have physical bodies at the resurrection? The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:54 (KJV), “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” Immortality is for physical bodies since our spirits are already immortal.

And what of what Romans 8:11 (KJV) plainly states? “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

I could provide many moredec07b examples of Christ’s physical resurrection but I’ll save it for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? As 1 Corinthians 15:19 (KJV)reminds us, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”

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Was Judas Substituted for Christ?

apr13Here’s another incorrect doctrine. According to The Bible Answer Man, some Muslims believe that Judas was substituted for Christ and was crucified. They claim that Allah tricked the Roman soldiers and the Jewish officials into crucifying the wrong person.

This is manifestly wrong. The whole plan was for Christ to be the Christian’s substitute on the cross. Jesus himself said in Luke 18:31 (KJV), “Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, ‘Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished’.'”

Jesus also described what would happen to him in Mark 10:33 (KJV). “Saying, ‘Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles’:”
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One of the clearest prophesies showing that it was Christ who would suffer is Isaiah 53:3 and 4 (KJV). “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

Nobody treated Judas like that. In fact, it was he who betrayed Christ for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 27:5 (KJV) clearly states, “And he (Judas) cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.” So how could he be Christ’s substitute if he hung himself?

No, it was Christ who, like the Passover lamb, shed his blood for us who believe in him. Romans 5:11 (KJV) says, “And not only so, but we also joy in GodĀ  through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received theĀ  atonement.” No mere mortal could have accomplished that.
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Christ’s substitutionary atonement is one of many doctrines I’ll feature in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? As Paul pointed out in 1 Corinthians 15:19 (KJV), “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” If Jesus didn’t pay the price for our sin, we would be facing eternity in hell and been found to be liars.