That simple fact changes everything forever.
- Jesus could not have survived the crucifixion. Roman executioners were trained killers who faced the death penalty if they failed. In fact, Jesus’ executioners were so sure he was dead that they skipped their standard practice of breaking the victim’s legs (John 19:31-33).
- One of the executioners pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, resulting in “a sudden flow of blood and water” (John 19:34-35). According to medical experts, that’s clear proof that Jesus was dead.
- Jesus was wrapped in burial cloths and placed in a tomb that was covered by a heavy stone, sealed and guarded by soldiers who also were under the death penalty if they failed in their duties. Even if Jesus somehow survived the crucifixion, it’s highly unlikely that he could have removed the stone and overpowered the guards in his weakened state.
Hundreds of Witnesses
- The risen Jesus was seen by more than 500 witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
- Eyewitnesses agree that Jesus’ tomb was empty. Those who claimed otherwise were unable to produce any evidence supporting their claims (including Jesus’ body).
- The first witnesses were women (Matthew 28:8). Since women were considered legally incompetent witnesses at that time, the disciples would never have set it up that way if the whole thing was a conspiracy.
- The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection were circulated during the lifetimes of loads of witnesses who were alive at the time of the reported events. If things weren’t true as reported, they certainly could have debunked ’em. They didn’t.
- In the witnesses’ own words: “It is true! The Lord has risen.” (Luke 24:34)
- Before the resurrection, the disciples abandoned Jesus. They were broken and beaten. Peter denied even knowing Jesus.
- After the resurrection, the disciples were willing to face prison and death rather than deny that Jesus had risen.
- Before encountering the risen Jesus, the Apostle Paul persecuted Jesus’ followers. After that encounter, he was suddenly willing to be flogged, stoned, beaten, jailed and eventually killed for his faith.
- Since then, millions and millions of believers have been transformed from sinful schmoes into powerful witnesses for Jesus by the same resurrection power of the Holy Spirit.
If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17)
Without the resurrection, Jesus is a liar, Christianity is a hoax and we’re all wasting our time.
But — thank God — the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that Jesus IS alive.
So, what should we do? Stop reading this right now and go tell the world!
JESUS IS ALIVE
(Sources: The Bible; The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict; Handbook of Christian Apologetics)