Evidence That Jesus Actually Died And Arose.


By:  Bill and Teddy Rogers

This evidence demonstrates Jesus uniqueness in history and proves that He is God's Son. No one else was able to predict his own resurrection and then accomplish it.

PROPOSED EXPLANATIONS FOR EMPTY TOMB

  • Jesus was only unconscious and later revived.
  • The women made a mistake and went to the wrong tomb.
  • Unknown thieves stole Jesus' body.
  • The disciples stole Jesus' body.
  • The religious leaders stole Jesus' body to produce it later.

EVIDENCE AGAINST THESE EXPLANATIONS

  • A Roman soldier told Pilate that Jesus was dead. (See Mark 15:44-45)
  • The Roman soldiers did not break Jesus' legs, because He had already died, and one of them pierced Jesus' side with a spear. (See John 19:32-34)
  • Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus wrapped Jesus' body and placed it in the tomb. (See John 19:38-40)
  • Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw Jesus placed in the tomb. (See Matthew 27:59-61, Mark 15:47, and Luke 23:55)
  • On Sunday morning, Peter and John also went to the same tomb. (See John 20:3-9)
  • The tomb was sealed and guarded by Roman Soldiers. (See Matthew 27:65-66)
  • The disciples were ready to die for their faith. Stealing Jesus' body would have been admitting that their faith was meaningless. (See Acts 12:2)
  • The tomb was guarded and sealed. (See Matthew 27:66)
  • If the religious leaders had taken Jesus' body, they would have produced it to stop the rumors of His resurrection. (See “None”)

Don't Miss “Jesus' Death And Resurrection – The Details And Timeline” This Coming Thursday.

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NOTE: The above post is from the Life Application Study Bible (New International Version edition) published jointly by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois and Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan.