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Historical evidence confirms Jesus' resurrection

Posted on April 5, 2021

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Fran Bunn

Fran Bunn

Resurrection Sunday was a beautiful day. The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends met to worship our risen Lord on Easter Sunday. The church was full of the faithful who knew what a special day it was for our Christian faith. 

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was loving presented to glorify God by Bob Bunn and I in honor of our risen Lord and all the Christians around the world.


Jerry’s devotional this week is “The Joy of the Resurrection,” by Billy Graham, from “Peace for Each Day.”

“For we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” — Romans 6:5.

“The resurrection completes the work that Jesus came to do so that we can live a resurrected life now. Christ did not stay on the cross, He was raised from the dead; He is alive!

“In his last year as chancellor of Germany, Konrad Adenauer invited me for a visit. It surprised me that he knew I existed. When we met, he looked at me with his blazing eyes and said, ‘Young man, I’ve invited you for one thing. I want to know; do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ?’

“I said, ‘I do, sir!’

“He replied, ‘So do I!’ Then he made a powerful declaration: ‘Life has no meaning whatsoever if Christ is still in the grave!’

“The risen Savior has promised to give immortality to all who believe on His name. There is a light that shines brighter that the noonday sun, and Christ’s resurrection is what gives us hope; this is the first stage of eternal life in Him. The first glorious step on the journey is choosing Christ.”


My devotional this week is “He Is Risen!” by Breanna Alverson.

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” — Matthew 28:6.

“Since Christ’s resurrection is so crucial to God’s plan for the redemption of His people, He gave us massive amounts of evidence to be confident in it.

“To begin, before the resurrection can be corroborated, Christ’s physical death must be confirmed. It is recorded in several eyewitness accounts that after Jesus breathed His last breath on the cross, the Roman soldiers pierced Him in the side to confirm His death. Between the crowd of onlookers, Christ’s accusers and the Roman soldiers (who were professionals at their job), there is no disputing that Jesus died that fateful day.

“Next, all four gospel accounts of Christ’s life record that women were the first ones to discover the empty tomb. In these accounts, we see how the angel spoke to Mary Magdalene and explained that Jesus was no longer in the tomb because He had risen and would meet them again soon. This is significant because in the first century, culturally speaking, a woman’s testimony meant almost nothing in court in comparison to a man’s testimony. So, if the disciples were lying about the resurrection, they certainly would have chosen ‘more believable’ witnesses to convince others.

“Also, if the empty tomb and resurrection were a lie, then the Roman government and the Pharisees would have found and produced Jesus’ body. The last thing they wanted was for followers to claim that Christ was God and had conquered death, which is why they posted guards outside the tomb. If there had been a body somewhere to find, they would have found it.

“This barely begins to scratch the surface of the evidence we have surrounding the resurrection of Christ. While we can be confident in the resurrection because of the ample historical evidence there is to corroborate it, ultimately, our faith will always require trusting God and who He says He is.

“So, we pray you had a Happy Easter! Let’s continue celebrate with hope and confidence knowing that our Lord has paid our ransom in full so that we can have life to the fullest in Him.”


• Flower calendar sign-up sheets for 2021 are in the narthex. Please get one, fill out and return.

• The Peachtree Baptist Church Conference will be held at noon Sunday, April 11, after morning worship.


• Jamie and Chad Horner have returned from Indiana. Chad was there to be with his family. 

• The Momeyer Ruritan Club held its annual barbecue chicken plate sale on Friday. It was the first time the club held a drive-thru, takeout-only sale. Members would like to thank everyone who supported them in this event. It was a great success!

• The men of Sandy Cross Methodist Church will hold their annual barbecue chicken plate sale at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, at the Coopers Ruritan Club. Meals are drive-thru only; the dining hall will be closed. Plates are $8 each and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Two Ruritan clubs will hold barbecue chicken plate sales — the Oak Level Ruritan Club on April 23 and the Coopers Ruritan Club on May 7. Each plate sale begins at 11 a.m., with food available until sold out. No tickets will be sold in advance. Plates are $8 each and will be served to drive-thru customers with no on-site dining.


The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of:

• Dr. Jim Bradshaw, who passed away in Rome, Georgia, on March 31. Dr. Bradshaw was a close friend of the Rev. Gene and Marta Whitehouse of Peachtree Baptist Church. Gene and Jim served together at Central Baptist Church in Miami from 1975-79.

• David O. Horner, 68, of Richmond, Indiana, who died March 27. He was the father of Chad Horner of the Peachtree community.


• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.

• Maxine Whitley, Barbara Privette, Linwood May, Kathy Farmer and Rudy and Gail Brantley.

• Billy Bunn, Dorothy Nelson, Ginny Beddingfield, Seth and Eric Hicks, Bonita Mildon, daughter of Ginny and Curtis Beddingfield, Sarah Page, Randell Whitley and Donnie Patterson.

• Delcie Wakefield and Frances Hutchins are in skilled nursing care. Pastor Bill Wakefield is recovering at home.

• Ronnie Matthews, Audrey Farmer and Barbara Glover are home recovering.

• Janie Joyner, Bill Nelson. Joyce Brinkley and Eula Gupton are undergoing treatment.

• Norman Whitley is recovering from surgery.

• Joan Eason is awaiting surgery on April 12.

• Margaret Abbott is home recovering from surgery.

• James Tharrington, Joyce Brinkley and Vicky Bunn are recovering.

• Tanya Pitts and Mann Drewrey need prayers.

• Shelton Williams needs prayers.

• Jon Anglemeyer, friend of Nikki Scott, needs our prayers. Jon, a father of two, needs a kidney transplant.

• All organ donors need our prayers.

• Birthday blessings to Ronnie Matthews and James Shepherd (April 3), Tanya Pitts (April 5), Alexia Macquin (April 9), Dallas Hill (April 10), Jennifer Pittman (April 16), Tommy Dalton (April 17), Catherine Gupton and Lynn Griffin (April 18), Arlene Wood (April 20), Aubrey Farmer (April 22), Beverly Wilson (April 25) and Barbara Privette (April 29).

If you have news, please call or email me. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846.

Area churches: If you have events coming up, please let me know on Saturdays the week before the events. I will need your news no later than 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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