Did Jesus really die?

Trained Roman soldiers who crucified men for a living concluded that he was dead. As one of the soldiers went to break the legs of the three on the cross, he realized that Jesus was already dead. To make sure, he stuck his spear into Jesus’ chest cavity. This trained soldier concluded that Jesus was already dead. Also before the body of Christ would be released to Joseph of Arimathea, there would have been required a certificate of death by Pilate. 1

One proof that Jesus was dead is that Pilate allowed Joseph of Arimathea to take the body.

Some would like to believe that Jesus did not die on the cross. They would say that he was placed in the tomb still alive. There were testimonies from the Roman soldiers, the centurion, and disciples that embalmed Jesus that all said that he was dead. (John 19:32–34, 38–42; Mark 15:44, 45) Those who think that Jesus did not die but only appeared to be dead believe the “swoon theory”. They would claim that Jesus was revived in the cool tomb, but one must be reminded that:

Jesus had been scourged, crucified, and pierced by a spear. He was three days in the tomb without food, water, or medication. How could he revive, roll away the huge stone, evade the guards, walk the length of Palestine, and still appear healthy enough to convince the skeptical disciples that he was resurrected? This would be a miracle almost as great as the resurrection!2

A second proof is that you only bury dead people.

1. Will Durant, Caesar and Christ (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1944), 573.
2. www.BibleStudyLessons.com. assessed in the Fall of 1996(?).

Something Big

I heard this song a little bit ago and it always excites be because I’m a visionary with many big dreams that will only work if God helps.

John Waller said,
“Attempt something so big for God that it is sure to fail without Him.” I’m not sure who first spoke these words, but they’ve never left me. I believe the desire to be a part of something greater than ourselves is built into the core of each one of us. That’s the reason I left Georgia to become the worship pastor of a church plant in south Denver called “Southlink.” I believe that this song will strike a chord with many visionary dreamers who are contemplating stepping out and doing something that only God can truly do through them. In his book, “Visioneering,” Andy Stanley said, “A divine vision done God’s way and in God’s timing is sure to succeed.”

Open another browser and drop this link in so you can see the words and hear it play.

Something Big
John Waller

I wanna see something I’ve not seen Something so big I wanna be a part of something great Greater than me
It’s time to dream big dreams To see Your vision Become reality ‘Cause it’s for You, by You, those who Love You wanna do
Something so big It’s destined to fail without You, Lord It’s gonna fail without You, Lord Something so great It takes a miracle to do We, Your children Wanna do something big for You
We, yes, we are gonna sing a brand new song Something so strong We will be the sound that wakes the dawn Something so loud
It’s time for breaking through ‘Cause there are no limits For he who holds the truth When it’s for You, and by You, and those who Love You wanna do
Something bigger, something greater For the glory of Your splendor Something bigger, something greater Tell the story of Your wondrous loveYour wondrous love Those who love You wanna do
As long as we live, let us do something so big for You

© 2005 New Spring (ASCAP) / John Waller Publishing (ASCAP). All rights on behalf of John Waller Publishing (ASCAP) administered by New Spring (ASCAP).

When we have big dreams that we want to do for God, God has to mold us to his image so we don’t brag and take the credit that we did it all by ourselves.