The Testimony of a Family Member of Jesus 06/03/2018

The Testimony of a
Family Member

To Christians one of the greatest evidences of life beyond the grave was the change in Jesus’ half-brother James. James did not believe in Christ: Neither did his brethren believe in Him (John 7:3).
But after the resurrection James not only believed, he became the pastor of the church in Jerusalem.
James sealed his testimony by dying a martyr’s death for preaching the resurrection of Christ. The historian Josephus wrote: “James was stoned to death illegally by the Sanhedrin sometime after A. D. 60 for his faith in Christ.”
James was beaten and stoned to death at 94. His brains were dashed out with a club. He could have lived if he had simply said, “It’s a lie. Jesus did not rise from the dead.”
Hank Hanegraaff, in his book Resurrection, asks: “What would it take for a person to die willingly for the belief that one of his family members is God? In the case of James, the only reasonable explanation is that Jesus appeared to him alive from the dead. From unbeliever into the most dedicated disciple! Why? The reasonable answer is found in these words: And that He (Jesus) was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:4-7).
Hans Grass, who was once a skeptic and critic of the Bible, said that the conversion of James is one of the surest proofs of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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