Theories of what might have happened at Jesus tomb, and why they don’t hold up.
- Jesus’ friends and disciples took the body.
- Problem: After Jesus’ death, the disciples were afraid and hiding from the Roman Soldiers behind locked doors.
- The soldiers took Jesus body.
- Problem: The seal on the tomb meant death to anybody who broke it. The missing body of Jesus alone was enough to sentence the soldiers guarding the tomb, to death.
- The enemies of Jesus took the body.
- Problem: Jesus’ enemies would not have helped him fulfill prophecies of his resurrection. If they had they body, they would have paraded it through the streets to disprove the story of the resurrection.
- People seeing Jesus after His resurrection were hallucinating.
- Problem: Over 500 people saw him. They all would not have had the same hallucination.
- The Bible is just a fictional story.
- Problem: After the resurrection, these disciples, who were previously fearful, were willing to die holding fast to their resurrection story. Fairy tales do not impact people and history. Historical documents outside the bible confirm the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (such as Josephus). Evidence on the shroud is accurate and consistent with the biblical account of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
- Jesus was never dead; he just fainted and regained consciousness in the tomb.
- Problem: It would be impossible to survive all the tortures of the crucifixion, remove the grave cloths, roll away a massive stone, and then overpower Roman soldiers.
- The women went to the wrong tomb.
- Problem: This tomb was hewn into rock (not a cave), had a “great stone” rolled in front of it, it was sealed, and it had Roman soldiers guarding it. It was a unique and unmistakable tomb.
- The Shroud of Turin as Evidence of the Resurrection
- If the Shroud of Turin once held the dead body of Jesus, the question must be asked… “Did the body rot and decay inside the cloth?” The answer is clearly “No”, or else the cloth would be saturated with blood, body fluids, mold, maggots and insects (like the Hinom valley shroud).
If the resurrection was on trial, and every person who encountered the resurrected Jesus was called as a witness, the first hand testimony would last for more than 5 days. - Lee Strobel
He is Risen Indeed
Scriptures on the Resurrection (a few of them)
- Mark 8:29-31 And He continued by questioning them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ." And He warned them to tell no one about And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
- John 10:17-18"For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."
- I Corinthians 15: 3-4For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
- John 11:25-26Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?
- John 5:25-29 "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. "For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. "Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth.
- Romans 8: 11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
- > Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
- I Corinthians 15:50-57…Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot * inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. "O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Revelation 21:4… “and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away”