I stood with my back to the open tomb where the body of Jesus Christ was placed 2,000 years ago.
Facing me were over 30 people, seated, and waiting to hear me speak on his resurrection from the dead. We were all on a short holiday in Israel and visiting places of biblical significance.
I told these good people that if Jesus had not been raised from the dead, just as he had said he would, then no-one would have believed any of the other incredible things he had said.
During his three-and-a-half years of public ministry, he had claimed to be the messiah the Jews were expecting, to be the only way to know God, to be the end-time judge of the human race and, indeed, God incarnate himself.
In the midst of all these phenomenal assertions, and many others, he was telling people that he would be killed and raised from the dead after three days.
Had this not happened just as he had foretold, then everyone would have informed his disciples that their master was nothing but a fraud and a deceiver.
But he did rise and, in so doing, he gave validity to everything else he had said during his life time.
In other words, if those disciples, with Jesus’ dead body on public display, had tried to convince the crowds that he really had risen – spiritually and mystically – they would have been laughed to scorn.
Jesus was truly back from the dead. He ate, people touched him and he said to them “a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see I have”.
This means he really is the king of kings, God, the saviour of the world, the final judge, and everything else he said he was.