7 Reasons I Believe Jesus Rose From The Dead
By Brandon Hilgemann
Christianity is many things, but above all, it’s the belief that a Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised again to life.
The resurrection of Christ is the heart of Christian faith.
Belief in the resurrection separates Christianity from all other religions. The leaders of other religions are all dead and buried in a tomb.
You can visit the occupied tomb of Muhammad or Buddha, but not Jesus.
If Jesus did not rise from the dead then Christianity would also be dead. As Paul said, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14 NIV).
I do believe Jesus rose from the dead, but I don’t believe it just because it’s a story I was told as a child. If I did, I might as well believe in fairy tales and dragons.
No, I believe that Jesus rose from the dead because I have investigated the historical evidence and found reason to believe.
Here are seven reasons I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
1. Jesus Was Dead
OK, this is not exactly evidence for believing Jesus rose from the dead, but many people argue that Jesus never died. No death means no resurrection.
Jesus was mostly dead, but not all dead. So a few days later he woke up and stumbled out of the tomb.
I find this reasoning ridiculous for so many reasons.
Roman soldiers were good at killing people. Nobody just walks away from a crucifixion. In fact, the pain was so beyond anything we can describe that they literally had to come up with a new word to describe how bad it was—excruciating, which literally means “out of the cross.”
Even if Jesus somehow held on after a flogging, nails piercing his hands and feet, hanging on a cross for hours, and a spear piercing his side (probably into his lungs), Jesus would likely have bled out and died without serious medical treatment. And that would be a tall order today even with modern medical advancements.
Nobody lives through what Jesus went through. It’s impossible.
Jesus was dead.
2.The Tomb Was Empty
Christianity would have quickly been extinguished if Jesus’ body was still in the tomb.
Yes, an empty tomb does not prove the resurrection, but a body would immediately disprove it.
Jesus was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea who was a wealthy and prominent man in the city of Jerusalem. Everyone knew where they could find Joseph. They knew where his tomb was. Anyone could go see it.
The greatest evidence for the empty tomb is not even from the Christians, but the Jewish leaders…
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