Jesus is alive! He rose from the tomb on Easter morning.
Believing that He rose from the grave requires faith. However, His resurrection does have substantial evidence, which supports our belief in His resurrection.
Here is a brief listing of some of that evidence.
Exhibit A – The tomb was empty (Matthew 28:11-15).
The religious leaders of the day could have halted Christianity at its genesis if they could have shown that the tomb wasn’t empty. The empty tomb is a well-established fact of antiquity.
Exhibit B – The Roman Seal was broken (Matthew 27:62-66).
Breaking a Roman Seal without permission was a capital offense. Does anyone think that the cowering disciples would have broken the Roman Seal to steal Jesus’ body?
Exhibit C – The large stone was moved (Luke 24:2).
The stone, which weighed between one to two tons was moved a substantial distance according to the Scriptures. It would have taken a group of men to do so in the presence of a Roman Guard. This could not have been a clandestine operation or an operation from within the tomb.
Exhibit D – The Roman Guard was ineffective (Matthew 27:66).
Would the disciples challenge a highly trained contingent of Roman soldiers whose penalty would be death if they fell asleep on duty?
Exhibit E – The grave clothes were undisturbed (John 20:4-8).
John and Peter saw Jesus’ grave clothes still in place on the place where Jesus was laid to rest. What would account for that other than a miraculous resurrection?
Exhibit F – The eyewitness testimonies of Jesus’ appearances (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
There were over 500 people who could give testimony that they saw a resurrection Jesus. It would only take one corroborating witness to validate a fact within our judicial system if there were other pieces of supporting evidence.
And then there is circumstantial evidence, which will not be presented here.
The factual evidence is quite overwhelming by itself. There is enough to change the heart of a skeptic who is sincerely searching for the truth.
What do you think? Is there enough evidence to get a positive verdict on behalf of the resurrection?
Something to think about…