So important to the Christian faith is the resurrection, that the Apostle Paul said: ‘And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.’
Here’s four quick proofs the tomb was empty:
- Belief in the empty tomb predates the Gospels and Paul’s writings, historians say it circulated in oral accounts just 2-3 years after Jesus died on the Cross.
- Jesus’ body was buried in Jerusalem, where Christianity began, and so could have been checked.
- Jesus’ empty tomb was found by women. So?!? Women were not considered reliable witnesses in 1st Century Palestine. If you conspired the empty tomb, surely you would invent better witnesses… unless, embarrassingly, that’s exactly what happened!
- The Jews claimed that the Disciples stole the body of Jesus. This story began quite early (Matthew 28:11–15) to explain the empty tomb. The claim is only needed if the tomb was known to be empty.
Of course, an empty tomb does not prove the resurrection of Jesus. We each have to draw our own conclusions. But it seems the best explanation for the empty tomb, and the rapid growth of Christians meeting to celebrate the risen Lord Jesus every Sunday since then, is Jesus did rise from the dead.
The historical records concerning Jesus are astounding, check them out! He is risen, we have good reason for faith, sin can be forgiven.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.