Bible Reading: Matthew 28:1-7
He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen. Matthew 28:6
A man and a woman wearing lab coats enter a laboratory. She holds a clipboard and pencil, and he clasps a small white rectangular object. The man puts the white object in a small glass tank filled with water. It bobs to the surface. The woman makes a note on her clipboard. The man again pushes the object to the bottom of the tank. It again bobs to the surface. The woman writes.
After performing the event over and over, the scientists come to a stunning conclusion: Ivory soap floats. It has been proven scientifically.
True or false: A science experiment is the only way to prove if a fact is true.
That’s absolutely false. The scientific method is a great tool for getting smart, but it isn’t the only way to prove something.
If science experiments were the only way to get at truth, then you wouldn’t be able to prove that Abraham Lincoln was ever president of the United States. But just because Honest Abe’s presidency can’t be proven in a laboratory doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. It can be proven with a different kind of evidence.
It’s the kind of proof offered every day in law courts around the world, and it’s the only kind of proof that applies to events in history. So how could you prove that Abraham Lincoln was president? You would provide evidence.
If you could find eyewitnesses, you would interview them. That’s “oral testimony.” You would gather copies of letters that Lincoln wrote, newspapers that reported on him, and books about him. That’s “written testimony.” You would offer exhibits of items such as his pocket watch, photographs of him and his birthplace, even his sugar bowl. That’s “physical testimony.” With that mountain of evidence, nobody has a problem believing in Abraham Lincoln.
That’s called the “evidential” or “historical” method of proof, and it’s how we can prove the resurrection of Christ. We can’t gather any oral evidence, because no one is still alive from the first century. But we have the written evidence of the disciples in the Bible and the physical evidence of the empty tomb.
Your faith in Christ isn’t blind. It’s not stupid. The life and ministry of Jesus, his miracles, and his resurrection can be proven—and they have been. You can be sure of your faith—by the evidence!
TALK: How would you respond to someone who said you can’t prove the truth of the Christian faith?
PRAY: God, thanks for giving us a faith that we can be sure about.
ACT: Quiz each other later today or tomorrow: What three kinds of testimony count in the “evidential” method of proof?