As we read the Biblical record, there are several evidences of Christ’s resurrection. Here are seven of them:
- The Apostle Paul reveals that there were several recorded instances of Christ appearing to people, including a group of 500 people (1 Corinthians 15:3-9). Paul noted that many of that group of 500 were still alive when he wrote the letter to the Corinthians. The Gospel writers also provided many encounters with the risen Christ (Luke 24:13-35).
- The reality of these appearances. The early disciples were so convinced by what they saw, that they were willing to die or go to prison for their faith in Christ (Mark 14:50; Acts 5:17-41; Philippians 3:4b-11.)
- If the resurrection was concocted, they did it in the poorest possible way for that culture, because, it was the women who first noticed that the tomb was empty. A woman’s testimony could not even be considered as evidence in court (Matthew 28:1-10; John 20:11-18). It also proves that that God really does have a sense of humor.
- It was a transformative moment in human history. Christ’s death and resurrection literally changed society. Though heavily persecuted, the church survived and would later change history.
- There are hundreds of Old Testament prophecies that spoke of Christ’s death on the cross (Isaiah 53; Psalm 22:14-18; Numbers 9:12; Psalm 16:10). The Old Testament writers had been talking about a coming Messiah for thousands of years.
- The resurrection transformed the skeptics. Not all the disciples believed that Jesus had risen from the dead. Thomas was only convinced after touching the risen Christ (John 20:26–28). They weren’t imagining this, and Thomas would later die for his faith in India.
- The Nazareth Inscription dated to about 41 AD or just a few years after Christ’s resurrection proclaimed a Roman imperial edict during the reign of Emperor Claudius that anyone who interfered with a body once it has been buried would be punished with death. Why such a severe punishment? Some have suggested that it was connected to an accusation by the Jewish Priests that the disciples had stolen Christ’s body (Matthew 28:11-15). Matthew noted that this story was widely circulated by the Jews.
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said” (Matthew 28:6)