This would be another claim people make. Dissing this truth would be to ‘dis’ the divinity of Jesus. And when one convinces himself of that, then there’s really no need to submit to Him as Lord, similar to what happens when we dispel the truth that Jesus did die.(previous post here)
William Lane Craig, one of the leading apologists for the resurrection of Jesus lists down evidences of His resurrection.
1. His tomb was empty.
Some claim that His body was stolen. Others claim that He escaped.
A few problems with that. There was a huge stone that covered the entrance. At His mangled, beaten up condition, that wouldn’t have been possible.
Also, the stone was too big that several men was needed to roll it.
In addition, there were guards that were posted at the entrance to ensure that no one would steal His body or that He wouldn’t be able to escape. Roman law that time decrees that losing the body would merit death of the soldiers.
To ensure the security, the government seal was place on the entrance.
But with all these, to this day, we know that the tomb is still empty.
2. He was seen by many.
Evidence shows us that not just the women who were going to visit the tomb saw the empty tomb. The disciples saw Jesus. Thomas who doubted that He was really alive wanted dispel his doubts by touching Jesus’ nail scarred hands.
Not only did the apostles saw Jesus, more than 500 saw Him too.
Paul says in 1 Cor. 15:17,19, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins… we are to be pitied more than all men.”
But thanks be to God, Jesus has trumped death. And because of that, we have the hope of eternal life if we believe, receive and trust in what He did for us.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:55-57)