Resurrection Proofs


What proof is there of the resurrection of Jesus?

There is the historical record from the Gospels:

NAU John 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” 3 So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. 4 The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; 5 and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. 6 And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. 9 For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.  Cp Matthew 28:1-11; Mark 16; Luke 24

Facts from the narrative(s):

Jesus was Dead;

Jesus was laid to rest in a tomb;

Jesus’ tomb was sealed with an immense stone;

Jesus tomb was secured with a seal (Matt27:66);

Jesus’ tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers (Matt 27:62-22);

There is angelic testimony to the resurrection:

NAU Matthew 28:5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified 6 “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7 “Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”

There is the testimony of Jesus’ enemies:

 NAU Matthew 28:11 Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’ 14 “And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.” 15 And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.

There is the testimony of those He appeared to after the resurrection:

NAU 1 Corinthians 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also (Paul).

He appeared in His resurrection body to:

The Mary’s (john 20:14; Matt 28:9, 10);

Peter (Luke 24:34);

The Emmaus disciples (Luke 24: 13-33);

The twelve without Thomas (John 20: 19-24);

The twelve with Thomas (John 20:26-29);

The seven at Tibereas (John 21:1-23);

500 other brothers;

James ( 1 Cor 15:7);

The Apostles (Luke 24:33-52);

Paul (Acts 9:3-6);

Stephen (Acts 7:55);

Paul (Acts 22:17-21; 23:11) and

John on Patmos (Rev 1:10-19)

Confucius’ tomb – OCCUPIED

Buddha’s tomb – OCCUPIED

Mohammed’s tomb – OCCUPIED

Jesus’ tomb – EMPTY!!

                                                G.B. Hardy


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