Is the story of Jesus’ resurrection true? If so, how can we be sure? Let’s begin by examining four lines of evidence: that Jesus was really dead, his tomb was found empty, he then appeared to many witnesses, and finally, eyewitness accounts of encounters with the resurrected Jesus.
1. Jesus was really dead.
b. Certified as dead
ii. By regional governor Pontius Pilate, who sent to have Jesus’ death confirmed. (Mk 15:42-45) – Granted the corpse.
2. The tomb was found empty.
a. Buried in new tomb, never used before. (Lk 23:52-53) Jesus’ body could not have been confused with someone else’s, since it was the only body there.
In perfect condition, easy to locate. (Jn 19:41-42)
c. Sealed tomb with enormous boulder and posted guards by enemies. (Mt 27:62-66)
d. Who emptied the tomb? Humans or God?
i. Not enemies, who would have produced his body to prove he was dead (not resurrected).
4. Countless people have encountered the living Jesus and been changed by him.