Jesus was definitely dead! Pilate had professional soldiers confirm the death of Jesus. Buried in a Tomb! From the event to present day, no one is on record historically to deny the tomb is empty, neither does anyone produce a body. Jesus was placed in an identifiable tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea with burial preparations and women watched as the body was placed in the tomb, when they returned with more preparations, they found it empty. The heavy stone covering was very large, and had been officially sealed by enemies of Jesus, providing an unanswerable witness to the fact that the disciples could not have stolen the body. The official 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 the precious blood, the redeeming price for the sin-filled souls of guilty humanity. Jn. 19:38-20:10. It is more than interesting and notable that a certain rich man named Joseph of Arimethea (who seem to want to keep his faith in Christ hidden or out of the public’s eye) was actually the man God used to make a public venue that would prove to the entire world, Jesus died & is now risen.
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 sometimes 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 will by Jesus himself, who forced them to face the truth, because of his undying love for them and you. Jn. 20:19-29. The change in Saul and the Apostles is proof that the burial & resurrection are key to making our salvation. Without those events, there could be no life changing event in any of us. 1st Corinthians 15:1-17 & 2nd Corinthians 11:22-28.
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 never 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.
The Establishment of the Church verified by the New Testament was completed and recorded within the lifetimes of people who could argue against it’s claims and provide the body of Jesus as evidence against their teachings, but it never happened, and 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. On which side is faith better evidenced?