This year, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter on April 17th. Christians celebrate Easter every year because they believe that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead three days after he was crucified by a team of Roman soldiers. Did Jesus really rise from the dead, or is the Christian belief in his resurrection only wishful thinking? Is there enough evidence to conclude that Jesus really rose from the dead? The resurrection of Jesus is either a historical fact or it’s a horrible lie.
In order for us to determine if Jesus rose from the dead, we must know whether or not Jesus died on the cross and was properly buried. Some popular books and movies have argued that Jesus didn’t really die on the cross or that he wasn’t properly buried. Perhaps you have heard of the belief that Jesus somehow survived his crucifixion, got married, moved to France, and died as an old man in that country. Or perhaps you have read about the idea that Jesus’ body was buried in a shallow grave and eaten by dogs. These sensationalist claims are interesting, but there is no real evidence for them.
In contrast to these sensationalist claims, there is solid evidence for Jesus’ death on the cross, his proper burial, and his resurrection from the dead. The evidence for Jesus’ death on the cross comes not only from the Bible, but also from secular and Jewish historians. The evidence for Jesus’ proper burial after his crucifixion comes from the Bible, Roman law, a Jewish historian, and archeology. Finally, the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection includes not only the biblical accounts in the Gospels, but also evidence from very early Christian creeds and from archeology.
In my book The Life Changer, I have written an entire chapter about the resurrection of Jesus. This is the most important issue in the Bible and in all of sacred literature. Why? It’s so crucial because if Jesus rose from the dead in a physical body, then we know that he is the divine Son of God, and the Christian faith is true. If he didn’t rise from the dead, then Jesus isn’t God’s Son, and Christianity is false (see 1 Corinthians 15:1–8, 20–28, 42–58). My book includes a new argument for the resurrection of Jesus and a helpful evaluation of alternative theories to his resurrection. I encourage you to read my book so that you can know much more about this very important issue!
May God bless you and your family with a wonderful Easter!
Posted on April 1, 2022