Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Jesus is alive and well! Three days after Jesus Christ was unmercifully and shamefully crucified, He arose in triumph over death, hell, and the grave. It was a real event.

 First century letter confirms miracle during Christ’s crucifixion.

Cornelius Tacitus (52-54 A.D.) A Roman historian and Governor of Asia, and son-in-law to Julius Agricola wrote of Jesus’ trial and death. “Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius: but the pernicious superstition, repressed for a time broke out again, not only through Judea, where the mischief originated, but through the city of Rome also” (Annals XV 44). Pagan Samaritan historian, Thallus, in 52 A.D., tried to explain away the darkness at the time of Jesus’ death (A.D. 32) as a solar eclipse. However, Julius Africanus disputed the claim because the crucifixion took place during the time of a full moon. Unwittingly, Thallus admits that Christ was crucified and that during the crucifixion, it was dark. This dispute confirms what the Bible states.

 Critics admit that Jesus’ tomb was empty.

At the time when it mattered, critics were disputing what happened to Jesus’ body after His burial. The dispute was not whether Jesus’ tomb was empty but why it was empty. To explain the empty tomb, Justin Martyr wrote in his Dialogue Against Trypho (A.D. 100) that some Jews were claiming that Jesus’ disciples had stolen His body from the grave and claiming resurrection. Likewise, Tertullian scorned in his De Spectac that Jesus’ disciples stole His body to claim resurrection. (A.D. 160)

 Martyrdom proves Christ was resurrected.

The eye witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection included those who are alleged by unbelievers to have stolen His body. However, this explanation is debunked into extreme absurdity by the martyrdom of the eye witnesses. Consider that people lie and tell stories under threat to avoid torture and death. How much more, then, one will tell the truth to save His life. If Jesus’ disciples had stolen the body of Jesus, then they knew full well there was no resurrection and no life after death. Yet, they insisted that Jesus was alive for which they endured torture and death rather than deny their claim. The only way to make sense out of this is to conclude that they must have been telling the truth. It is absurd to think that a group of men are going to lie in order to be tortured and killed. There is absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose. They really did see the Christ alive!

 Orthodox Jewish scholar concedes resurrection

Orthodox Jew, Pinchas Lapide, a non-Christian , and a scholar living in Frankfurt, Germany says in his book The Resurrection of Jesus that he believes that Jesus Christ was indeed resurrected.

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4 Responses to Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

  1. Jesus’ Tomb was not Guarded or Sealed the entire First Night!

    Holy Grave Robbers!

    I had never heard of this until today: How many Christians are aware that Jesus’ grave was unguarded AND unsecured the entire first night after his crucifixion??? Isn’t that a huge hole in the Christian explanation for the empty tomb?? Notice in this quote from Matthew chapter 27 below that the Pharisees do not ask Pilate for guards to guard the tomb until the next day after Jesus’ crucifixion, and, even though Joseph of Arimethea had rolled a great stone in front of the tomb’s door, he had not SEALED it shut!

    Anyone could have stolen the body during those 12 hours!

    The empty tomb “evidence” for the supernatural reanimation/resurrection of Jesus by Yahweh has a HUGE hole in it!

    “When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

    The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard[a] of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.”[b] 66 So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.”
    —Matthew 27

    • Jesus was in the tomb when guarded and sealed!

      The reason people never hear about Jesus being in an unguarded tomb the first night is because He was in the tomb when the guards were assigned to seal and watch the tomb. People who read the whole story rather than select passages know this.
      The guards’ lives depended on keeping Jesus’ body in the tomb. So, there is no doubt that they made sure He was in the tomb before they began their watch. After all, it would be pretty silly to guard an empty tomb and worse to guard a tomb that was to be inspected after three days. Further, the Jewish leaders were adamant about keeping Jesus in His tomb. So they too would have inspected the tomb to make sure that the guards were not watching an empty tomb.
      Matthew 28 reports the rest of the story saying that after the resurrection of Jesus, the high priests paid off the guards to lie about what happened and fabricated a story that the disciples stole the body (Matthew 28:11-13).
      But Jesus’s tomb was not just empty, He was alive, and He showed Himself to the disciples and many more for forty days thereafter (Acts 1:3). And when the apostles were threatened with torture and death in order to coerce them to recant their claim that Jesus was alive, they chose death. Their deaths would be meaningless if their claims were a hoax. The only thing that makes sense of the apostles’ willingness to accept torture and death rather than recant their claims that Jesus was alive is that they must have seen Him alive and well!

    • Each of the four Gospel letters is named after their authors inspired by God: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

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