People want to say Jesus and his story was just folk lore that got out of hand. That his disciples “pulled on off” on the world by propagating one of the worlds best secrets. I would believe that except according to wikipedia here is how they died:
* Peter, crucified upside-down in Rome c. AD 64.
* James, son of Zebedee was beheaded in AD 44, first of the Twelve to die (since the addition of Matthias)
* John, son of Zebedee, no biblical record of death, he is believed to have died of natural causes due to old age. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that John was immortalized and he will live to see the Second Coming of Christ.
* Andrew, Peter's brother, was crucified upon a diagonal or X-shaped cross.
* Philip was crucified in AD 54.
* Bartholomew (also known as Nathaniel) was flayed alive (skinned) and then beheaded; some sources locate his death at Derbend on the Caspian Sea.
* Matthew killed by an axe in AD 60.
* Thomas was killed by a spear in Mylapore, Madras, India in AD 72.
* James, son of Alphaeus, beaten to death with a club after being crucified and stoned.
* Jude was crucified.
* Simon the Zealot was crucified in AD 74.
* Judas Iscariot, according to Matthew, hanged himself after betraying Jesus. In Acts, he is described as falling in a field and bursting open. Apologists explain this apparent discrepancy by presuming that he decayed on the tree resulting in a bloating with gas and a weakening of the skin. Then when he was let down from the tree he burst open upon impact.
Replacement for Judas Iscariot picked by the surviving eleven:
* Matthias, Judas' replacement, was stoned and beheaded.
1. The guards took the body. Let me get this straight. Rome went through the hassle of making sure his body didn't go missing by assigning guards, and they put a big stone, and then the guards decided to defy their athoritative figures who put them there and pull a prank?
2. The disciples took his body. This is after they went Jackie Chan on the guards right?
3. The disciples propigated the story. Jesus appears to about 500 hundred people on a mountain in Galilee 1 Corinthians 15:6
4. Jesus was a nut job, like many people who lead cults. Jesus showed compassion, and love to everyone he met. He asked for forgiveness for his killers. He was quizzed by the Jewish leaders over and over as they tried to trick him into doing something they could kill him for. He outwitted them time and time again. I don't think Jesus was a nut job.
I could go into TONS of prophecy about Jesus. My favorite scripture is Psalm 22 written WAY before Jesus. Jesus quotes some of this on the cross. In my opinion he is trying to get the crowd to understand what they are looking at. In the same way if I said “Two all beef patties special sauce,” you would say “Pickles onion on a sesame seed bun” (and old McDonald's commercial for the big make back in the 70's that was played over and over and over). Jesus is saying, “Do you realize what you are watching?”
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.[b]
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.[c]
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the LORD,” they say,
“let the LORD rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
15 My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
19 But you, LORD, do not be far from me.
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22 I will declare your name to my people;
in the assembly I will praise you.
23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or scorned
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear you[f] I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the LORD will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the LORD
and he rules over the nations.
29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!