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  Historical documents outside the bible confirm the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (such as Josephus).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)

Jesus’ Resurrection 

 

 

Our Resurrection

 

 

 

  • > 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.

 

 

  • 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”