AN AMAZING FACT: There have been as many as a quarter of a million Elvis sightings since his death.
With his daring music, his clothing, and his dance moves, Elvis Presley embodied the rock and roll movement and sent music and pop culture in an all-new direction. From the moment he hit the public stage, Elvis became a cultural phenomenon. Today, his popularity has hardly waned. Thirty-four years after his death on August 16, 1977, the decades-long debate continues: Is Elvis still alive?
Elvis sightings began almost the day he died, but it wasn’t until Louise Welling of Vicksburg, Michigan, said she saw Elvis in the grocery store on a Sunday morning in 1987 that tabloids picked up the stories. Since then, the King of Rock and Roll has allegedly been seen around the country. Some sightings are even accompanied by fuzzy pictures, like those of Bigfoot or UFOs.
Another “celebrity” was once reported alive after His very public death. Mary Magdalene went with some other women to His tomb the Sunday morning after His death, intending to anoint His body. Instead, the women were met by an angel who reminded them that Jesus had predicted His resurrection. The women returned to the disciples and reported the empty tomb, but the disciples didn’t believe them. Then Peter and John ran to the tomb and saw the lonely grave clothes for themselves.
When news of the first Jesus sighting circulated, the Pharisees accused the disciples of stealing Jesus’ body. But for 40 days Jesus appeared repeatedly to His people, “presenting Himself alive … by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3), and preaching about the kingdom of God. Then one day, with a promise to send the Holy Spirit, Jesus ascended into the clouds and out of sight.
Thus 2,000 years later we await His return; for assuredly, the King lives!
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Luke 24:5-6 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 1 Corinthians 15:20