The Glory of the Resurrection
Let me just stop here and insert something. A few minutes ago I said the assumption of the newspaper writing is that the story the resurrection must be a myth because resurrection is impossible. We know that by our sophisticated postmodern understanding of biology. Those poor people in the first century—pre-scientific, unsophisticated people living in Palestine—had no problem with the resurrection of Jesus because they saw resurrections all the time. Every week they could go out to the cemetery and see somebody or other getting up out of the tomb. Let me tell you what folks, it was as foreign to the experience of first-century man that a dead man would come out of the tomb as it is today.
That’s why Thomas said ‘I’m not gonna believe it just because you guys think you saw something. I’m not gonna believe it unless I see the wounds, unless I can put my finger in his hands.’ And when that man showed up before Thomas and said, ‘here Thomas, put your fingers in my hand. Touch me.’ You know the Bible doesn’t say whether Thomas ever did. I don’t think he did. He didn’t have time to; he was on his knees. He was saying, ‘my Lord and my God.’ No apologist was ever more sophisticated than the one who wrote ‘sometimes it causes me to tremble. Were you there? Were you there when He rose up from the grave? Oh, sometimes it makes me shout glory! Glory! You better believe glory.