Evidence of The Resurrection
 

Was Jesus' Body Stolen?

 

Skeptics claim that the apostles could have stolen the body of Jesus.

Here are reasons why that's not true:

1. Grave robbers would receive the death penalty.

Remember the tight control Rome had over situations like these. To break the seal placed on the stone covering the tomb by removing the stone was punishable by death.

2. There were guards at the tomb guarding Jesus' body with their lives.

For the disciples to steal the body, they would have had to remove the huge stone from the entrance of the tomb without the soldiers noticing. They would have risked waking the soldiers up in order to carry the body out. if the soldiers had fallen asleep on guard, they would have been punished by death!

Even if the disciples had wanted to steal the body, the Roman guards would have stood in their way. Again, for the Roman guards it was a matter of life and death whether they were faithful to their charge of guarding the body and keeping it from being stolen.

3. If the disciples stole the body, why were the intact grave clothes left behind?

Here's something to think about. There was something oddly unusual about the grave wrappings themselves. They were not unwrapped -- but just collapsed. Christ's body had passed right through leaving an empty cocoon of grave clothes. If Jesus' body had been stolen, why didn't the robbers take the grave clothes too?

The Bible says that the grave clothes were left behind like a cocoon with a separate linen napkin around his head. So if they stole his body, why did they leave the wrappings intact but collapsed? Why would they have bothered to neatly remove the burial cloth that was wound around Jesus's body and then rewrap it after they removed His corpse? Speed would have been of the essence!

As far as the grave clothes go, why would anyone choose to carry around an unwrapped decomposing corpse? If there were grave robbers, they would have been in a big hurry and certainly wouldn't have bothered to remove the grave clothes.

4. What was the motivation for the disciples to steal Christ's body?

What benefit would the disciples have from managing to steal the body? What good would it have done them? You have to remember that they were scared to death! They were hiding behind closed doors. Why would they have stuck their necks out to steal the body and for what reason? Why wouldn't they want the body to remain buried?

When you read the Gospel accounts, you'll notice that all the disciples were terrified of the Jews and of what could happen to them too. What was the point of risking death so they could steal Jesus' body?

5. Consider the state of mind of the disciples at that time.

The disciples at that point were not courageous men, but were afraid of being killed too. The leader of the group of disciples, Peter, had even denied that he knew Jesus three times when confronted by a servant girl. He swore vehemently that he didn't even know Him. Does this sound like someone who would want to risk his life by stealing the body of Jesus?

The disciples were broken and despairing men. Why would they receive renewed hope when they knew they had stolen the body of their leader? And why would they be willing to be martyrs -- especially since they knew they had lied about Christ rising from the dead?

6. Consider the transformation of the apostles.

But the apostles were willing to be martyred, beaten and suffer financial loss -- no matter what. Would a stolen body of their leader have inspired this kind of devotion to a cause that they knew was a lie?

The answer to these questions is obvious. Jesus's body was not stolen! He really did rise from the dead! The resurrection of the body of Jesus Christ is a historical fact! The disciples actually experienced the risen Christ!

The meaning of resurrection is  life-changing. It could be yours! The question is -- have you met this risen Christ yet?




Are you thirsty for living water? Come to Jesus, my friend, and drink!



Two Disciples on the
Road to Emmaus

Two of Jesus' followers were on their way back to their home in Emmaus from Jerusalem on the first Easter Sunday.

As they were talking together about all the things that had happened, Jesus Himself joined them. But they didn't recognize Him.

He asked them, "What are you discussing that makes you so sad?"

Cleopas answered, "Are you a stranger in Jerusalem? How come you don't know what's been happening there lately?"

Jesus said, "What things?"

"The things about Jesus of Nazareth, Who was a mighty prophet -- not only in Word but in actions as well. The religious rulers had him condemned to death and crucified Him, but we thought He was the One Who was going to save Israel. And not only that, today is the third day since He was crucified. Some of our women astonished us because they didn't find His body when they visited the grave this morning! Not only that, they told us they had seen angels who told them that Jesus is alive!

Certain disciples who were with us also went to the sepulcher and they found it just as the women had described."

Then Jesus said to them, "O foolish ones and so slow to believe all the prophets have foretold. Shouldn't Christ have suffered and entered into His glory?"

Then beginning with the writings of Moses and all the prophets He shared with them from the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

As they drew near to Emmaus, the stranger acted as though He was going to continue on His journey, but they stopped him and said, "Stay with us, for its getting toward evening and the day is almost over."

And He went in to stay with them.

As He was sharing the evening meal with them, He took bread and blessed it and broke it. And He gave it to them. Immediately their eyes were opened and they knew Him, but He vanished from their sight!

They asked each other, "Didn't our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road and when He explained the Scriptures?"

Even though it was night, they hurried back to Jerusalem and found that the 11 disciples who were gathered together and also others who were with them.

The 11 disciples greeted these two believers from Emmaus with startling news, "The Lord is truly risen and He has appeared to Peter!"

Then the two from Emmaus shared with the others how the Lord revealed Himself to them when He broke bread with them.