The Resurrection of Jesus

Many people can’t accept the bodily resurrection and deity of Jesus. Here are the main points in Scripture proving it true. Proof is simply evidence written by eye-witnesses which has never been disproved with contrary evidence. In order to prove the bodily resurrection of Jesus false, someone must present evidence against the eye-witness accounts in the New Testament. Today, there are theories abounding about alleged bones of Jesus being discovered in Jerusalem, but they are simply that, theories. However, non-Christian scholars refute the bones as even legitimate evidence, and conclude that they are anonymous bones. Let us consider what the New Testament says. Afterall, it is the most well authenticated ancient writing in the world. Here are five internally Biblical facts as logical evidence confirming the resurrection.

1. Buried in a Tomb!  From the event to present day, no one is on record historically to deny the tomb is empty, neither did anyone produce a body.  Jesus was placed in an identifiable tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea with burial preparations and women watching as the body was placed in the tomb, when they returned with more preparations, they found it empty. The heavy stone covering was large, and was officially sealed by enemies of Jesus, providing a witness to the fact that the disciples could not have stolen the body.  The Temple guards of the tomb, faced the possibility of execution upon failure to carry out their duties. The only thing found in the tomb were grave clothes, tidily unmoved, yet stained with His precious blood, the redeeming price for the sin-sick souls of humanity. Jn. 19:31-20:10.

2. The Disciples of Jesus. Before his death, they proved to be cowards, but after the resurrection, James his own physical brother had a change of heart, Peter’s past denial turned into a proclamation, Thomas’s skepticism turned into confession and in all of them, the message of the resurrection brought upon them brave sacrifice and even martyrdom. They did not expect Jesus to rise! So why would they plan to steal the body, as falsely reported?  If the resurrected body of Jesus was a hallucination, they would need to have had an expectation to have seen it. They were brought to belief after the resurrection against their own past doubts. Jesus led them to face the truth, because of his undying love for us, Jn. 20:19-29. The change in Saul and the early Apostles is phenomenal.  1st Corinthians 15:1-17 & 2nd Corinthians 11:22-28

3. The Appearances of Jesus, are noted in over 15 occasions in varying times, places and by different people. Sometimes being in small groups or in a large crowd. People saw him, touched him and even ate with him. Eye-witnesses are the best proof for undeniable truth which can’t be proven false in the future. In order to logically disprove the bodily resurrection of Jesus, the unbeliever must produce some evidence contrary to these reports. Evidence which could out-weigh eye-witness records in the most authenticated historical document the world has ever known, the New Testament.  Paul claims the deity of Jesus rests on the undeniable resurrection of Jesus, Romans 1: 1-4.

4. Jesus claimed that he would rise from the dead, prior to his death. His disciples heard this publicly, but did not understand the reality of it, until after it happened and then recorded it. This act of self-prophecy by Jesus, would either make him out to be a liar, an idiot or God with us.  The fact of his own resurrection proves life goes on, as every human craves for it beyond the grave.  Jesus truly met & defeated our greatest fear, Jn.2:13-22. The Old Testament prophets predict the resurrection, Gen. 22:5-14, Psa. 49:15 & Hos. 13:14, showing fulfilment in Jn. 8:56. Jesus identified with theses prophecies before his death!

5. The Establishment of the Church verified by the New Testament was completed and recorded within the lifetime of people who could argue against it’s claims and provide the body of Jesus as evidence against their teachings, but it never happened. Yet the resurrected body of Jesus was central to the church’s message.  The new religion was so different, they forever revoked their holy day as the Saturday Sabbath to the Sunday “Lord’s Day” because of the resurrection. The church’s most public displays of faith are the Communion and Baptism, both of which focus their purpose on the death and bodily resurrection of Jesus.  Whenever the day arrives for the unbeliever to present evidence against the resurrection, the Church will dissolve. Until then, the burden of evidence rests on the unbeliever, not Christians. 

In all honesty, in view of the five facts above, can anyone dismiss the resurrection as a factual historical event today without sacrificing their own reason or logic?

7 Responses to “The Resurrection of Jesus”

  1. unitedcats Says:

    Because the gospels were all written decades after the events in question? I’m not questioning the resurrection, and I think arguing about stuff like this detracts from Our Saviour’s message. I just can’t see calling the gospels “the most well authenticated ancient writing in the world.”
    BB —Doug

  2. jwwealand Says:

    Thank you Doug for your candor. It should be noted that there are over 2000 manuscripts, papyrus’, fragments and uncials in museums and university librarys around the globe. They are comparable and complimentary to the two major Greek texts we use today for translation into English. Therefore it is palatable for many Christians to claim without contradiction that the New Testament is indeed well documented and authentically authored, moreso than any other ancient writing in the world. Especially when we view the fact that not even the works of Herodotus, nor Socrates or Suetonius comes anywhere close to having even half as many comparable manuscripts. This issue is worth discussing, as it does reinforce the truth of God’s message from Jesus in the New Testament, and I hope it leads to your further investigation into the divine inspiration and power of the Scriptures which Jesus wants us to use and take a greater faith in. Thanks for your comment, if you have time, and would like to delve deeper into the history of the Scriptures, a good website to start from is:
    http://www.carm.org/evidence/textualevidence.htm

    many thanks again for taking the time to read and comment from my blog…
    -j.w.

  3. unitedcats Says:

    YW. Just to be the devil’s advocate, quantity does not necessarily mean quality, especially if they were all originally copied from the same sources. And doesn’t the recently discovered Gospel of Judas contradict some of the other gospels? Lastly, I thought it was pretty well established that the Church worked very hard for centuries to destroy works which contradicted their chosen version of events? Weren’t there over 200 gospels at one time, virtually all of which have been expunged from the record?

    Respectfully yours, BB. —Doug

  4. jwwealand Says:

    Thanks Doug, The amazing fact of all the numerous ancient copies having slight and various differences in their texts, is actually a great bonus to the reality of scribes being human, yet God’s Spirit working through them, because after much pain-staking comparison, there are no differences in all the thousands of copies which alter any fundamental doctrines within the four Gospels. On the subject of the gospel of Judas. This gospel was and always has been known in existance somewhere, but no evidence for it was found until recently. There are a number of books published back in the 1920s & 30s which quote 3rd century writers knowing of it’s existance, and even then, it was spurious. So the apparant contradictions in the gospel of Judas are expected, not a surprise, because we knew all along, without even having a copy, by what people said in the 3rd century that it was spurious and doctrinally heretical. Thanks for your questions,
    yours truly
    jw

  5. jwwealand Says:

    Doug, I’m sorry to overlook your question about the church destroying ‘gospels’ which disagreed with the older four gospels. I’m not educated in the history of catholics, but from what I’ve heard they did both bad and good things to retain the original gospels. I wouldn’t try to defend them, but it is absolutely amazing how God has kept the four gospels in harmony with the rest of the New Testament, over 2 millenia. What gives anyone the right after all this time, to present evidence which would contradict eye-witness testimony? Especially when the four gospels had enemies killing the authors and their followers for the content of which they wrote. Both Jews and Romans tried to disprove the message of the resurrection and all the rest of the apostles doctrine, but their actions only ended up proving that the historical four gospels could not be proved as false even in the eyes of their persecutors! So no matter how hard liberal theologians today try to explain away it’s authenticity, they simply cannot re-write history which is so well established.
    yours truly
    jw

  6. unitedcats Says:

    Happy Easter, God Bless!

  7. jwwealand Says:

    Mutual, may He bless you beyond your expectations with hope that springs eternal!


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