People have for years debated the resurrection of Jesus, and the same proofs are offered every time. Following are 7 strong proofs of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.
#1: The Empty Tomb of Jesus With No Dead Body Ever Produced
This is one of strongest proofs. There are counter theories, but if the body was not raised then the Roman and Jewish officials would have done everything to produce the body to silence the resurrection stories.
#2: Female Eyewitness Account
No ancient author would have ever use the witness of a female for proof of the resurrection. Women were viewed as an invalid testimony in the first century and their testimony was not allowed in legal proceedings. Yet the Bible records that the risen Christ first appeared to Mary Magdalene. However this testimony was used and became part of Biblical record. This could only be because there was no way to refute it.
#3: The Apostles Acted Resolutely
After the crucifixion the apostles hid like cowards, but after witnessing Jesus in bodily form, there was a significant change in how they acted and lived. Jesus appeared to them multiple times including the locked upper room, the beach of the Galilee Sea, and on the Mount of Olives. After seeing Jesus alive they quit hiding, and acted with courage because of their certainty that Jesus defeated death.
#4: James, the brother of Jesus, Believes
His whole life James, the brother of Jesus, was a skeptic refusing to believe. However after the resurrection, James was willing to be stoned for his belief in Jesus Christ, his half-brother, as risen Lord. He also became a significant leader in the church because Jesus had specifically appeared to him.
#5: 500+ Eyewitnesses
A large crowd of more than 500 eyewitnesses saw the risen Jesus Christ at the same time. See 1 Corinthians 15.
#6: Conversion of Saul the Persecutor to Paul the Missionary
Saul of Tarsus, was the most aggressive persecutor of the early church. After the risen Christ appeared to him on the Damascus Road, Paul became Christianity’s most determined missionary. He endured five floggings, three beatings, three shipwrecks, a stoning, poverty, and years of ridicule.
#7: People Don’t Die for a Lie
Numerous people over the years have died for Jesus believing for certain that the resurrection of Christ is fact. Almost all of the apostles died horrific deaths. Hundreds died in the Roman prisons for their faith. Throughout time thousands, if not tens to hundreds of thousands have died for Jesus because they believed the resurrection is true. No one would ever die for a lie.
“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:8-11