Proving Jesus was a true historical figure, that He was who He said He was: that He died, was buried, and arose the third day, can be proven in much of the same way as trial lawyers prove their case to a jury. Evidence. If you have ever been on a jury, you watched the procedures and listened to the evidence (or lack thereof) of the prosecutor and defense attorney, then you could come to a reasonable and logical conclusion (based upon the arguments presented), whether the person on trial was guilty or not guilty. Jesus has been on trial by atheists, agnostics and skeptics for nearly two-thousands years. They say He was either a fraud, a unique person, a great man and teacher, or He was not a true historical figure, therefore the death, burial and resurrection is just a myth. Our whole Christian faith stands on the foundation of the Gospel of Christ. The resurrection of Christ proves Jesus was who He said He was, the Son of God. Without the resurrection of Jesus, our faith would be in vain. So, how do we go about proving the resurrection of Jesus? For this article, we only have enough room to present four pieces of evidence that prove the truthfulness of Jesus and His resurrection.
EVIDENCE #1 – Jesus Lived - This is practically universally accepted. Not only are there many witnesses to prove Jesus lived, there are many hostile witnesses to prove so. Many who did not like Christ and His followers wrote about Him. Any honest historian will come to realize Jesus was a person who lived in the 1st century.
EVIDENCE #2 – Jesus Died - Many writers of the books in the Bible confirm that Jesus died on the cross. Nobody denies when a person lives, he/she eventually dies. Secular writers have testified to Jesus’ life and death, such as Tacitus, stating, “their originator, Christ, had been executed in Tiberius’ reign by the Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate.” Jewish rabbi and Historian Josephus wrote in his Antiquities of the Jews, “There arose about this time Jesus, a wise man… and when Pilate had condemned him to the cross on his impeachment by the chief men among us, those who had loved him at first did not cease.”
EVIDENCE #3 – Jesus’ Tomb was Empty - Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 mentions that Jesus was crucified and buried in a tomb. Joseph of Arimathea assumed responsibility for the burial of Jesus after His crucifixion according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In A.D. 165, in Justin Martyr’s Dialogue of Trypho (beginning of chap. 108), he mentions Jesus was in the tomb. Several theories circulated that it was all a hoax, but all are easily debunked. One in particular was that Jesus’ body was stolen. Allowing Jesus’ body to be stolen would mean death to the Roman guard. Would you fall sleep knowing that allowing Jesus’ body to be stolen would mean your execution?
EVIDENCE #4- Jesus’ Apostles were Witnesses to Jesus after He Arose from the Dead – Acts 1:22 states one of the apostles chosen to replace Judas would be a witness to Jesus’ resurrection.” Peter preached on it in Acts 2. Paul stated there were many witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection, including Himself (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
There are many other evidences we can show to prove Jesus is the Son of God, and that He did go to the cross, was buried and arose the third day. Do a study on it, it is fascinating.