MEDINA — Clint Neptune, pastor at Heartland Community Church, said secular minds might be resistant to the thought of the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection.
“There are several competing explanations, and we need to assess the plausibility of all of them,” he said at the Medina Area Service Clubs’ Good Friday prayer breakfast at Williams on the Lake.
“If the resurrection didn’t happen, we’re just spinning our wheels.
“There are probably some in this room that don’t accept (the New Testament’s account).”
But this weekend, Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus known as Easter, which is the chief tenet of the Christian faith and Neptune offered breakfast attendees a primer on why the miracle many believe in cannot be discounted.
“Given the testimony of most scholars on New Testament historicity and reliability, it is not irrational for Christians to appeal to the occurrence of a miracle to explain the facts concerning Jesus’ death,” Neptune said.
He said there are three crucial facts in the New Testament about the aftermath of Jesus’ death that cry out for an explanation:
- There was an empty tomb;
- He appeared to the disciples in Jerusalem;
- The disciples believe Jesus rose from the dead.
Neptune said crowds of 500 or more saw Jesus after he had arisen.
He said Peter was crucified upside down by the Romans because he considered himself unworthy to die in the same manner in which Jesus did.
Neptune said many of the other disciples went to their graves in grisly ways.
He said many believers endorse that a miracle happened.
“We should not close off that thinking,” Neptune said.
Lieutenants Don and Christina Spencer of the Salvation Army gave the closing prayer, and soloist Pete Danszczak sang the closing hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross.”
Ten service clubs were represented at the prayer breakfast, including the host Medina Lions.
Others on hand were the Brunswick Rotary, Medina Noon Kiwanis, Medina Evening Rotary, Medina Sunrise Rotary, Seville Kiwanis, Medina Evening Kiwanis, Medina Breakfast Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus and Odd Fellows Lodge.