Is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ an historical event that really happened, or is it only a myth, as many atheists claim? While no one witnessed the actual resurrection, many people swore they saw the risen Christ after his death, and their lives were never the same.
Archaeological discoveries continue to support the Bible’s historical accuracy. We tend to forget that the Gospels and Book of Acts are eyewitness accounts of the life and death of Jesus.
Further non-biblical evidence for Jesus’ existence comes from the writings of historians and other sources from that time period, such as Flavius Josephus, Cornelius Tacitus, Lucian of Samosata and the Jewish Sanhedrin.
The following seven proofs of the resurrection show that Christ did, indeed, rise from the dead. They are: The empty tomb of Jesus; the Holy Women eyewitnesses; Jesus’ Apostles’ new-found courage; changed lives of James and others; large crowd of eyewitnesses; conversion of Paul; and the many that have died for Jesus.
Christ’s Resurrection is attested by more than 500 eyewitnesses, whose experience, simplicity, and uprightness of life rendered them incapable of inventing such a fable; who lived at a time when any attempt to deceive could have been easily discovered; who had nothing in this life to gain, but everything to lose by their testimony; and whose moral courage exhibited in their apostolic life can be explained only by their intimate conviction of the objective truth of their message.
Again the fact of Christ’s Resurrection is attested by the eloquent silence of the Synagogue which had done everything to prevent deception; which could have easily discovered deception, if there had been any; which did not punish the alleged carelessness of the official guard; and which could not answer the testimony of the Apostles except by threatening them “that they speak no more in this name to any.”
Finally millions, both Jews and Gentiles, who believed the testimony of the Apostles in spite of all the disadvantages following from such a belief, in short the origin of the Church, requires for its explanation the reality of Christ’s Resurrection, for the rise of the Church without the Resurrection would have been a greater miracle than the Resurrection itself.
Besides being the fundamental tenet for our Christian belief, the Resurrection is important for the following reasons: It shows the justice of God who exalted Christ to glory as Christ had humbled Himself unto death; the Resurrection completed the mystery of our salvation and redemption; and by His Resurrection we acknowledge Christ as the immortal God. (10:19)