A good many years ago, Johnny Carson asked the nearly hundred-year-old comedian George Burns what his doctor said about his cigars and brandy.
“Nothing,” said the old man. “He’s dead.”
Something like this applies to the unending attacks of certain “scholars” on the resurrection of our Lord.
Gerd Ludemann, a German New Testament scholar, argues that Jesus’ body “rotted away” in the tomb. He emphatically denies the resurrection of Christ.
Former Roman Catholic priest, John Dominic Crossan, says that the tomb was indeed empty – because the body had already been devoured by dogs! Crossan says that there were no post-resurrection appearances of Christ such as the Gospels report.
About 50 religion professors who make up the so-called “Jesus Seminar” in recent decades have concluded that Jesus never taught the Lord’s Prayer never spoke the seven last words from the cross, and never claimed to be God. They have concluded also that the virgin birth, most of the miracles, and above all, the resurrection of Christ – never happened!
How did they determine this? They voted on it!
These godless guesses and moronic mutilations of the Biblical text are nothing new. Within hours of the resurrection, soldiers were being bribed by the religious authorities to say that the disciples simply stole the body (Matthew 28). It didn’t take long for the “swoon theory” to surface in the early centuries – the idea that Jesus merely passed out on the cross and later “came to” in the cool of the tomb. Then there was the “vision theory” – the notion that the disciples all had the same collective hallucination – the equivalent of all of us having the same dream on the same night.
During World War 2, Winston Churchill told the people of Great Britain: “Get used to the bombings.” We too must get used to the relentless attacks on the Bible. We should not expect otherwise nor be surprised. Christ warned us. But neither should we develop an inferiority complex and surrender our souls to the forces of Satan. No need to ask our risen Lord: “What do the “scholars” say about your resurrection?” We already know Christ’s answer: “Nothing. They’re dead.”
In the old John Wayne movie, Big Jake, people keep saying to him every time they meet him (in typical cowboy lingo): “I thought you was dead!” Big Jake’s response is always the same: “Not hardly.” One can almost picture these so-called scholars meeting Christ on that last and dreadful day, and saying to Christ with surprise and trembling: “I thought you were dead!” Can you hear the answer? “Not hardly!”