1 Corinthians 15:3-8 Scripture: "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he simultaneously appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, all the apostles, and last to me as one abnormally born."
Notes: Paul recounts the resurrection and the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus in a manner that suggests a well-known tradition at the time of his writing. The resurrection is the central affirmation of the Christian faith. The numerous appearances of different people, including a large group of more than 500 people, give us multiple attestations to this event. Moreover, the fact that many of these witnesses were still alive when Paul was writing suggests that there were still living witnesses who could be questioned about the truth of these claims.
John 20:24-29 Scripture: "But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples, therefore, said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach thy finger hither, and behold my hands; and reach thy hand hither, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
Notes: This account portrays Jesus' patient understanding toward those who doubt. Thomas, one of Jesus' disciples, needed physical evidence to believe in the resurrection. Jesus kindly provided the evidence Thomas required. Jesus then commends faith without physical proof. While we may not have the physical evidence that Thomas did, we can take encouragement from Jesus' response to him: doubt is not an unpardonable sin, and faith is still possible in its absence.
Romans 8:11 Scripture: "And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you."
Notes: This verse offers comfort and assurance on the reality of Christ's resurrection and the promise of our resurrection and eternal life through faith in Christ. It points out that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead also lives in believers. The resurrection is not just a historical event; it is a present reality in the life of believers, providing hope and assurance in the face of doubts. This demonstrates God's powerful ability to bring life out of death, encouraging those struggling with the idea of resurrection.