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Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

Many people like to say that Jesus was somehow resuscitated and therefore freed himself from his prison tomb. What do you think? Be sure to take into consideration:

  • Jesus’ physical condition—he had been scourged, beaten, crowned with thorns, nailed to a cross, speared through his side, and had not eaten or drunk anything in over three days.
  • Even if Jesus were resuscitated, would he have had the strength to unwrap his grave clothes, roll the stone away from the tomb’s entrance, and overpower his guards?

Jesus’ disciples have been accused of taking his body. Consider:

  • These men were frightened and in hiding. They deserted Jesus. Jesus was dead. Why would they risk their lives to get Jesus’ body?
  • These men did not even make any attempt to bury Jesus because they were so frightened by what might happen to them.

Other people like to say that the Romans took Jesus’ body. Why would they do such a thing?

  • The Romans were not interested in Jesus.
  • Why would they take his body?

If any of Jesus’ enemies wanted to disprove what his followers were proclaiming, all they would have had to do is to produce his body. Why didn’t they?

Duccio di Buoninsegna, 1309-11 Altarpiece
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How difficult is it to believe the biblical record about Jesus’ resurrection from the dead?
What does his resurrection mean to you?