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Circumstantial Evidence of the Resurrection
The Sacrament of Baptism
Consider Paul's reminder to the Romans,
"Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:4)
"Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--through the resurrection of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 3:21)
Peter also links the act of Christian baptism expressly with the resurrection of Jesus. It is through this act of being buried and raised in water, that we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. If Christ's resurrection did not occur, the ceremony of baptism would have no meaning. The letters of Paul and Peter would have been nonsense. Instead, thousands of Jews were performing this very act just days after they had put Jesus to death on the cross.