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Mark 16

“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:6

Have you ever heard any of these statements? ‘All religions are essentially the same.’ ‘All roads lead to heaven.’ ‘No religion is more right than the others.’

I have and it’s very easy to debunk these myths. Here in Mark 16, the angel says, “He has risen.” The one fact that separates Christianity from all other religions is that Jesus rose from the grave—He beat death and came back to life. By the way, this is something he foretold, which adds to the astonishing miracle overall. All other religions claim a ‘god’ or many ‘gods,’ but NONE of them have ever died and come back to life again. This is the quintessential component in Christianity. If Jesus didn’t rise from the grave, then Christianity is nothing more than any other religion.

Religion is man-made. It’s simply man’s attempt to reach God. Christianity on the other hand is not a religion—it is a relationship; God reaching down to have fellowship (or communion) with us. And that’s exactly what Jesus did through his death, burial and resurrection!

Back in the early 80’s, a journalist by the name of Lee Strobel who happened to be a Yale law graduate set out to prove that the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus was false. The driving force to his plan was motivated by the recent “Christian” conversion of his wife. He was clearly not ecstatic about the whole situation and felt it necessary to prove her and everyone else wrong. After a long journey of interviewing experts around the world, he came to a life changing conclusion. Based on the facts, Jesus was in fact crucified and rose from the grave! This was mind blowing. This is a miraculous act that no human in history has ever accomplished. The result: Lee became a die-hard Jesus follower and has been actively engaged in strengthening the Kingdom of God.