The Truth About The Resurrection of Jesus
“ And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” -1 Corinthians 15:14
Did Jesus really rise from the dead? The foundation of Christianity is set upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s simple; if Jesus didn't rise from the dead, then Christianity isn’t true. You no longer have to abstain from the so called “pleasures” of life. But if it is true that Jesus did indeed rise from the dead then, it is the most important question that needs to be answered.
Here are some of the evidences:
1. Women were the first eye witnesses
Society in the time of Jesus was extremely degrading towards women. Many times, a woman's testimony was not admissible in court. Among some Jewish circles, the testimony of two women would be equal to that of a man. In all four Gospels, we see that women were the first eye witnesses to the Resurrection. This does not make sense, especially if a story had to be made up. In the days of Jesus, an invented story would never be believed if witnesses were a woman, unless it were indeed true.
2. Minimal facts method
This method was popularized by historian Gary Habermas. The argument states only historical evidence that is supported by nearly all New Testament scholars; including liberal, atheist and secular scholars.
The following are facts accepted by the majority of scholars-
1. Jesus was sentenced to death by crucifixion.
2. The disciples of Jesus believed that He rose from the dead and appeared to them.
3. A prominent enemy of the early church and Jewish scholar Saul became a Christian.
4. The skeptical brother of Jesus called James, converted to Christianity.
5. The tomb was empty.
3. Willingness to die
Many people die for what they believe to be true; but nobody suffers and dies for what they know is a lie. One might often counter this argument with the Islamic terrorists who give their lives for their faith. The problem is that unlike the terrorist, the disciples of Jesus had the opportunity to witness Jesus first hand. The disciples didn’t hear stories of the Resurrection of Jesus, they actually met Him. They saw, touched, spoke, ate with Jesus after His Resurrection. Before the death of Jesus, the Bible tells us about the cowardliness of the disciples. They were afraid to admit that they even knew a man called Jesus. In fact, all of them ran away while He was being crucified except John. What changed? What made them give up everything in their life? The truth is that, they truly believed that Jesus was resurrected and that is why they were willing to give their life up. This includes Saul of Tarsus, he was a Jewish scholar whose goal was to kill all Christians. On encountering Christ he changed his entire life.
4. They weren’t hallucinating
A naturalistic argument against Christianity is often that the disciples hallucinated Jesus after His death. The problem is that there were more than 500 people who witnessed Jesus after his Resurrection. It is scientifically impossible for more than 500 people to all hallucinate the same thing. It is also important to remember that the disciples actually touched His body, ate with Him, spoke to Him. A large group of people can’t all experience the same thing unless it were actually taking place.
We hope you enjoyed reading this article. There are plenty of other evidences for the resurrection of Jesus. Continue to learn more about your faith and the power of the risen Christ.