The Resurrection: How it Makes Sense
What happened? Did it happen? Jesus lived and breathed, no one debates that. His disciples lived and breathed, no one debates that. Jesus was crucified and died on the cross, no one debates that. I think people choose to deny Jesus because they don’t believe in His resurrection, that Jesus rose three days later and walked out of the tomb. Have people really investigated this? Do people say that it just doesn’t make sense or what evidence do they have that it isn’t true? Let’s look at what happened at the cross and the tomb in a few different ways, I think there is compelling evidence.
When Jesus died on the cross, His disciples were absolutely broken and defeated. Their leader was crucified and killed, one of their own, Judas, betrayed them all by turning Jesus over to the authorities. Peter denies any association with Jesus as Jesus is being dragged away. After Jesus died, they were all in a room absolutely defeated. The only thing they were thinking about was how to avoid being killed like Jesus. None of them were at the crucifixion because they all feared the same thing would happen to them.
Around 49 days later, they were all in the streets talking about Jesus and His resurrection even though they could be arrested and killed. This is fact. Why was there such a sudden change in behavior? Because they saw the resurrected Jesus for 40 days before He ascended to heaven. What other reason besides the resurrection is there?
There is nothing in Jewish tradition that suggested any concept of ‘resurrection’ was even possible. This was completely unheard of and was a stretch for anyone to make up. But after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to people for 40 days. He appeared to hundreds, not just to the disciples. I know, too bad cell phones didn’t exist with cameras and video… but still, did all of the people hallucinate the same thing? There were so many people who saw the same thing and who don’t contradict each other. If anyone was present who didn’t agree with the other witnesses, Jesus’ appearances would have been proven untrue at the time and His resurrection would not have gained traction.
What happened to the body of Jesus? No one debates that He was crucified and killed and that they took Him off the cross and put Him in a tomb. So, what happened to the body of Jesus? Some say the Romans took the body. Does that really make sense? Because that would only validate and perpetuate what they were trying to disprove, that Jesus was King of the jews, the Messiah, the Christ. The Roman empire and the Jewish religion was in an uproar about Jesus’ claims and the Romans persecuted Jesus’ disciples, they would not mishandle or misplace His body.
Some say the disciples took the body. Well, would they do this to create a lie that would only bring them great suffering, persecution, pain and death? Death is exactly what the disciples were afraid of before they saw the risen Jesus. All of the disciples ended up dying a brutal death because they would not renounce Jesus. Does it make sense they would steal the body and lie for this fate?
Women found the empty tomb, not men. In this time, women had no standing, they had no rights, they were barely above slaves. Men were everything in this time. So, a world wide religious movement based on resurrection depended on women finding the tomb, the lowest people in society? And therefore humiliating and discrediting the men? Does this make sense? If it was all fabricated, the men would have discovered the empty tomb.
Without the resurrection Christianity would never have gained traction. It gained traction for a good reason, it happened, it is the truth. The evidences point to Jesus rose. If you think there is a slight chance this could be true than you need to try it, your life depends on it.
‘Jesus said to him, “…Blessed is he who believes without seeing.”‘ (John 20:29)