Evidence Is Magnificent
Evidence is indeed wonderful. The Christian faith has an abundance of evidence to support its claims. In truth, there is nothing but evidence for the God of the Bible. Every star and every atom declares the majesty of God (Psalm 19:1). We see the evidence of God’s fingerprints in every corner of the universe. Mankind discovers the proof and affirms the facts that the Bible records and announces. The greatest miracle is the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus Christ is alive! He is the only religious leader in history to rise from the dead. He is the only one who promised a resurrection, and He kept His promise. You can visit the tombs of all the deceased religious leaders and find their remains still in the grave.
The great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, in the late 1990’s, took Gandhi’s ashes to the Ganges River as thousands of onlookers sang and chanted. He opened the copper urn and dropped Gandhi’s ashes in the river, proving that Gandhi was still dead. In recent times within Israel, the Muslims and the Jewish people have fought for control of the tomb of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You can visit their occupied graves just as you can those of heterodox leaders like Mary Baker Eddy, Joseph Smith, and Muhammad (Richard F. Burton devotes a whole chapter in Pilgrimage describing his 19th century visit to Muhammad’s occupied tomb). They and all the others died and stayed dead; their occupied tombs attest to it. Jesus, however, is alive. His grave is empty.
Jesus said, “All power on earth and heaven has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). No force could have kept Him down. The Romans killed Him, put Him in a cave tomb, and placed huge boulder at a downward angle in front of the cave, pasted Caesar’s seal on the crypt, and posted Roman guards to protect the tomb. They were only trying to prevent the inevitable. Jesus had the power to rise, and nobody could stop Him. God used Christ’s resurrection and appearance before His disciples, and He used the subsequent preaching of the Apostles, to win many of Christ’s enemies to salvation. The Bible tells us that “the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem; and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). Scripture also records that some Pharisees converted to Christianity (Acts 15:5). Men do not die willingly if they know they have been deceived. Many of the followers of self-proclaimed prophet Jim Jones—the people who knew that he was a fraud—tried to escape Jonestown. Once they knew that Jones was an impostor and had whipped up a batch of poisoned Kool-Aid, they ran and hid in the jungle. Many others tried to escape and were shot. They knew Jones was a charlatan and did not want to die for him. However, the Apostles and hundreds of others in the first century did die for Jesus, because they knew He had risen.
“Jesus is the Truth. We believe in Him, — not merely in His words. He Himself is Doctor and Doctrine, Revealer and Revelation, the Illuminator and the Light of Men. He is exalted in every word of truth, because He is its sum and substance. He sits above the gospel, like a prince on His own throne” (C.H. Spurgeon).
The first-century followers of Christ died knowing that He was sinless. Many followers spent day and night with Him for over three years; they knew He was sinless. Many others affirmed that Jesus was sinless and innocent as did the Roman Government authority: Pilate said of Jesus, “I find no fault in Him at all.
Herod held that Jesus was innocent (Luke 23:15). A criminal affirmed that Jesus was innocent (Luke 23:41) and a soldier claimed Christ was without fault (Luke 23:47) as did Pilate (Luke 23:14). If you spent sixty minutes with any other human, you would soon find out that he/she was not perfect. You would not lay down your life declaring that he was sinless. You would not die for what you knew was a lie. David Koresh understood this problem; knowing that his followers would observe him sinning every day, he devised a crafty way to avoid the problem of a sinner claiming to be the Messiah. Koresh called himself the “sinful Messiah.”
The antithesis to Koresh is Jesus; Christ’s friends and enemies all confessed that He had never sinned. The disciples, including His betrayer, Judas; His religious enemies; and His Roman enemies were all in agreement on one subject: Jesus never sinned. No one could accuse Jesus of sin. Jesus is alive as the sinless Messiah; that is a fact. It is not a brute fact that stands by itself and awaits the judgment of man, but it is true, and it is impossible for it not to be true.
Detailed evidence for the Resurrection of Christ is here.
New Apologetic Book that not only supplies the evidence for Christ’s Resurrection it demonstrates that Christian theism provides the necessary rational tools to evaluate any evidence: HERE