Evidence of The Resurrection
 

Did The Disciples Go to
The Wrong Tomb?

Here's evidence to support
the Resurrection of Jesus...

 

Some people believe that the disciples went to the wrong tomb, so they only thought Jesus had risen from the dead when He really hadn't.

Here are some reasons why this view couldn't be true:

1. The tomb was nearby.

The place where Jesus was buried is only a 15 minute walk from the center of Jerusalem. How could people get mixed up and have gone to the wrong tomb?

2. The Jewish and Roman authorities knew exactly where Jesus had been buried and could easily produce His body.

Both Jewish and Roman authorities would have produced the body from the right tomb as soon as the disciples started telling people that Jesus had risen from the dead. That's evidence to support the Resurrection of Jesus

3. If His body had been moved to an undisclosed location, they could have easily produced His corpse.

You might think that Jesus's body was moved to an undisclosed location. But that doesn't make sense because His enemies could have easily produced the body.

4. It was light enough for Mary Magdalene to think the resurrected Christ was a gardener.

You might think that it was dark and so that the women who went to visit the tomb got mixed up, but it was light enough for Mary Magdalene to see Jesus even though she didn't recognize Him at first.

5. Peter and John both knew where the tomb was and they went together to the grave.

If people did get mixed up about where Jesus's body was, Rome would easily have produced His corpse as soon as the Apostles started telling people that Jesus had risen from the dead. That would have squelched Christianity from the very start!

6. His body could not have been taken by others because they would have produced it.

You might think that the body of Jesus was taken into custody by a third party. But if that was so, that person could have easily produced the corpse when the disciples started preaching that Jesus had risen from the dead. That's more evidence to support the Resurrection of Jesus.

7. His body would not have been moved because it was carefully guarded by soldiers.

If His body was moved, who would have moved it with the Jewish or Roman authorities so carefully on guard? If they did move the body, it would have been a simple matter to produce the corpse later when the disciples started spreading the news that Jesus had risen from the dead.

 

Have you considered these proofs of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?

After considering the evidence for Jesus' resurrection, Do you believe that Jesus Christ is alive today?

Have you been resurrected from the dead spiritually by trusting Him completely to save you from your sins?

Why not trust Him as your Savior right now?




The Burial of Christ

It was getting toward the end of the day on which Jesus was crucified. Now what was to be done with His body? As a crucified criminal He would not be entitled to an honorable burial.

But at this point, two rich and influential men stepped out of the shadows and made a public stand for Jesus.

One of them, Joseph of Arimathea, was a wealthy and respected leader among the Jews. He was known for his fair dealings and good character. This honorable man was waiting for the kingdom of God. Although a religious leader himself, Joseph had not agreed with the council's decision to crucify Jesus.

After it was certain that Jesus had died on the cross, Joseph went to Pilate and begged that he be given the body of Jesus, and the governor allowed him to take the corpse.

Another secret disciple joined Joseph that late afternoon and they buried Jesus together. This formerly timid follower was Nicodemus, who was also a religious leader. He had secretly interviewed Jesus at night -- probably so the other religious leaders wouldn't find out about it.

He brought with him about a 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes purchased with his own funds. The two men took the body of Jesus down from the cross and wrapped it in a linen cloth -- winding it round and round with the mixture of myrrh and spices according to the Jewish burial customs of that day.

Then Joseph and Nicodemus placed the body of Jesus in Joseph's own tomb which had been dug out of a rock near a garden. This was a new grave not far from where Jesus had been crucified.

Joseph rolled a large stone in front of the cave and then the two companions left.

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus have gone down in history as true friends of Jesus of Nazareth. They risked their reputations to give a proper Jewish burial to a supposed common criminal.

There is often a high price for taking a public stand for Jesus today as well. Those who are truly redeemed will pay the price by God's grace. They will never regret it -- just as I'm sure Joseph and Nicodemus never regretted their public stand either.