Ok, hopefully yesterday’s writing helped you get greater confidence in the historicity of The Bible. Over 5,000 manuscripts have been found that are over 99% accurate. That is better than any historical document in existence! Now, what does The Bible say about what happened to Jesus?
All of the four gospel records (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) tell of Jesus’ death on the Cross…but Matthew’s account goes a bit further in describing how they guarded the tomb against theft:
Matthew 27: 62 The next day, on the Sabbath,* the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate.63 They told him, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will rise from the dead.'64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we'll be worse off than we were at first.” 65 Pilate replied, "Take guards and secure it the best you can."66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.
So, He was sealed in the tomb…until He wasn’t! Early that Sunday morning we hear the Good News:
Matthew 28: 1 Early on Sunday morning,* as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.4 The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. 5 Then the angel spoke to the women. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.6 He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.7 And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you." 8 The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel's message.9 And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him.10 Then Jesus said to them, "Don't be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there."
Jesus had risen from The Dead! Praise God. How would you have reacted? Was it only the 11 remaining disciples plus the two Mary’s who saw Him?
1 Corinthians 15: 3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.5 He was seen by Peter* and then by the Twelve.6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers* at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.
How many eyewitnesses do you need? If 500 people saw a man steal a car from the Ford dealership would that be enough proof for you to believe it? What scriptures come to mind for you when thinking about the resurrection of Jesus? There are plenty more. Go read some. Meditate on it. Be thankful. Let the evidence for the resurrection build up your faith in Jesus. God has proven who Jesus is…it is time to believe in Him and follow Him!
Acts 17: 30 "God overlooked people's ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”