Like Christmas, Easter brings out critics and doubters of Jesus’s deity, historicity, resurrection, and essentially, the trustworthiness of the Bible. As you stand in the grocery line perusing pop culture gossip or staring at the chewing gum choices, you will see some magazine or other with a picture of Jesus and a headline promising to reveal the “real” Jesus or asking some provocative question about a supposed wife or family tomb. (For the record… He had no wife and left no body in the tomb.) Undoubtedly, some scholar will cast doubt, misrepresent, and get you to question. So, where do we get help?
Many do not realize that the Bible does not teach “blind faith.” Can you imagine if someone showed up in your town saying that they came from God and could give you eternal life and forgiveness? You would certainly want evidence! Jesus gave us evidence for his claims. Jesus said to some opponents, “Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” (John 10:37-38) So, we need to start by going to the Scriptures.
Set some time apart to read and reflect on the relevant Gospel accounts (Matthew 20:17—28:20; Mark 10:32—16:20; Luke 22—24; John 12—21). Then go to Acts chapter two and read the Apostle Peter’s biblical case for the resurrection and the empty tomb. Cross over to 1 Corinthians 15 and read Paul’s reasoned argument for the Resurrection. Check out these passages and think through the implications. Read Isaiah 52:13—53:12 and marvel at the accuracy of Isaiah’s prediction. These and other passages represent “must reads” that will help you sort out truth from fiction in everything else.
Besides occasions for worship, remembrance, and thanksgiving, the Easter season offers opportunities for witnessing. So, get ready! After establishing your biblical foundations you can strengthen your apologetics chops with books like When Skeptics Ask by Norm Geisler, The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, and I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Geisler and Frank Turek. (We also recommend two videos: an Easter presentation by Dr. John Ankerberg and this discussion on the key events of the Passion Week). Then make yourself available for God to use you to speak to some who doubt. By the way, you can ask questions. Just make sure you get the right answers!