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Welcome to Hilldale Baptist Church on this Easter Sunday morning! We gather today (and actually every Sunday) to worship our Resurrected Lord.
Despite relentless criticism, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most attested facts of human history. In fact, if one of the primary tenets of scientific proof is the ability to repeat the same experiment…then the Resurrection was proved repeatedly in the forty days between His Resurrection and His ascension:
  • He appeared to Mary Magdalene—call that experiment one.
  • He appeared to other women gathered in Jerusalem—call that experiment two.
  • He appeared to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus—call that experiment three.
  • He appeared to Simon Peter—call that experiment four.
  • He appeared to the ten disciples gathered in the Upper Room—call that experiment five.
  • He appeared to the eleven disciples gathered in the Upper Room (this time including Thomas)—call that experiment six.
  • He appeared to the seven disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee—call that experiment seven.
  • He appeared to the disciples on a hillside in Galilee, where He gave them the Great Commission—call that experiment eight.
  • He appeared to more than five hundred followers at once, most of whom were still living when Paul issued the challenge in 1 Corinthians 15 (he was saying, “Go interview them and find out for yourself!”)—call that experiment nine.
  • And he appeared to James—call that experiment ten.
  • Throw in Paul’s encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus and that makes eleven! 
Each of those encounters is a repetition of the same “experiment” (to use that word again) and each time with the same result—Jesus rose from the dead!
I hope you know that you are loved—by God and me! I’m really glad you’re here today…

Bro. Larry