Did the resurrection of Christ really happen?

On Easter days it sounds from everywhere: “Christ is risen!” But do we really believe what we say? And what do we believe? Can biblical history be trusted? After all, if Christ really lived among people and suffered martyrdom, then there should also be evidence of His resurrection?

If you ask people on the street whether they believe in the reality of the resurrection of Christ, their opinions will vary. And people themselves admit that this happens due to a lack of information, ignorance: “We don’t know, we were taught that way.” At the same time, today there is no one among historians who would reject, at a minimum, the historicity of Jesus, since a number of historical data confirm His existence.

The only question is whether they believe in His Resurrection.

What evidence is there for the truth of the Bible?

There are many different testimonies regarding the reality of the Bible. From how the Bible changes people’s lives, showing its real power, to the fact that it was actually written by different people over two thousand years. In four different languages and on three different continents. These people did not know each other, but the Bible is a single narrative about the relationship between man and God.

Finally, we have a huge number of ancient texts, from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament to surviving copies of New Testament texts. The latest archaeological find is fragments of the Gospel of Mark – a text from the 70th year of our era. They all confirm the authenticity of the biblical texts that have reached us. These texts existed during the lifetime of eyewitnesses to the life of Christ.

Is it possible that the disciples actually stole Christ’s body and there was no Resurrection?

This idea arises immediately, and it is an attempt to somehow explain the absence of a body. But we understand that quite a lot of time has passed, and highly motivated and powerful bosses could well have conducted an investigation: found where this body was taken, forced those who were present to speak.

If it were possible to imagine the body, then the conversation would stop. But the continuation of this story in the Book of Acts is very interesting. Peter and John are summoned to the Sanhedrin for questioning, and they will not be accused of perjury – they are forbidden to talk about it. That is, if they could be accused of lying and under the law of Moses and executed, then there would be no problem. But the members of the Sanhedrin themselves understand that everyone around them knows that this is true. And that’s why they say to the apostles: “We forbid you to tell about this.”

If we assume that Christ was not resurrected, then why were the disciples ready to die for this idea?

Yes, a person can follow a lie in order to achieve something. The disciples of Jesus proclaimed His resurrection as they went to their death, and this was proof of the truth of what they said. As Tertullian said: “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.”

Written documents about the life of Jesus begin with the Gospel and end with the testimonies of non-biblical non-Christian historians – Jews, Romans. Atheist historians cast doubt on the fact of His resurrection, but do not deny that Jesus’ disciples saw Him risen. Because there is simply no other explanation for the changes in the lives of students.

One idea is that the students were hallucinating. But hallucinations happen when a person is full of hope and expects something, while evangelical historians describe that they were depressed and disappointed. In addition, the hallucinations were the same at different times and in different places and, as the Scripture says, in five hundred people at the same time! Even atheists admit that the disciples saw Him risen. But at the same time, did they really see Him? This facet of the incomprehensible remains.

Is it necessary to remember the resurrection of Christ every day, on weekdays?
The resurrection of Christ gives hope for eternal life. That God is with us, that we are not abandoned, that our life has meaning. No matter what happens in our lives, God is always with us, God is present in this world through us – He created man to be His presence in this world.

We must understand that the resurrection of Christ is a historical fact that happened two thousand years ago. Therefore, every day is for us a day of serving the Lord. And whatever we do at work or at home, we do for the Glory of God.

President of the Christian Scientific Apologetic Center Sergei Golovin.

Source: https://ieshua.org/a-bylo-li-na-samom-dele-voskresenie-hrista.htm

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