As children of God, it is essential for us to know that God has given us proof for our faith so that we can know that our faith in Christ is real. And the way in which He has given us this proof is through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul showed that God declared that Jesus was His Son through the resurrection.
Romans 1:4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Today, I want to give you some key things that will help show that the resurrection is true, and therefore, you can know for certain that because Jesus is the Son of God, that everything that He spoke and taught is true.
Anthony Flew, who was once a leading Atheist agreed in a debate between him and Gary Habermas that these things, I will show you here are very compelling and are strong arguments for the Christian faith.
The Women as Witness’:
Matthew 28:1–2 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
The discovery of the empty tomb by women is a very strong argument for the faith and the resurrection. Given the low status of women in Jewish society and their lack of qualification to serve as legal witnesses during that time, we have to ask, “if this story is made up and not true, why would the writers of the gospels not use men as witnesses, knowing their testimony would be more believable?” The only reason that makes sense is if the story is true and they were telling it exactly as it happened. There also seems to be no reason why the Church should wish to humiliate its leaders by portraying the men as hiding in Jerusalem while the women boldly carry out their last devotions to Jesus’ body, unless this is how it actually occurred.
Preaching in Jerusalem right after the event occurred:
Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.
Another very supporting argument for the resurrection is that, shortly after the resurrection of Jesus and His ascension, the apostles went out preaching the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the very city that He was crucified. Now, if He were not raised, it is more likely that the Apostles would have went to another city to try and preach about the hoax. But if the apostles really believed it, then it makes perfect sense that they would have done this.
The appearances to multiple people:
Another strong argument for the resurrection is where the gospels show that on multiple occasions, Jesus appeared to groups of people at one time. Many try and argue that it is possible that instead of the people seeing the risen Jesus, that they were just hallucinating. However, medical research has shown that in zero studied cases have group hallucinations been observed. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that they were hallucinating. Instead, it is much more likely that the people were actually seeing the risen Jesus.
Mark 16:14–15 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
1 Corinthians 15:6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
A persecutor turned into an apostle:
Lastly, I will give you one more that most critics believe is possibly our strongest piece of evidence. We have not just one in the Bible, but actually, two previous critics of Jesus, His brother James and the strongest of all, the Apostle Paul, who later turned to follow Christ. Being that the Apostle Paul was not just a critic, but a persecutor of the Church, it only makes sense that he truly saw the resurrected Jesus. Otherwise, why would one who was critic and persecutor of the Church, sacrifice the power and prestige he had, to follow the one he rejected, and become arguably the biggest catalyst for the Church? We could only expect a critic like the Apostle Paul to turn from His ways and toward Christ if He really seen the risen Jesus.
Not only are these things essential to help us have faith, but moreover, without the resurrection, we have no faith. Therefore, we cannot deny it or ignore it.
1 Corinthians 15:17–19 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
This means that the resurrection is essential because it confirms the teachings of Jesus to include the future promises of God. If Christ was not raised, then how can we be? However, if He was raised and He was, then it changes everything for us, because it means that we can trust in God’s future promises to raise us up as believers with Him as He did Christ Jesus.
Let’s look at two promises out of many:
- We are justified in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.
Romans 4:25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
As children of God, our justification is complete in the resurrection of Christ Jesus. To say we are justified means that we are made right in the eyes of God and that we will not be judged by God for our sins, but instead, we gain the righteousness of Jesus Christ through faith in Him.
- We have been given eternal life with Him:
Ephesians 2:4–6 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
So here we see that we have been saved by grace and that because of God’s grace, those who are in Christ Jesus will be raised up with Him for eternity. Therefore, through the resurrection, we can know that we also will have eternal life. And to help you think on this a little more, we are not just talking about a spiritual resurrection, but in the same way that Jesus’ body was raised up, ours will be a bodily resurrection as well.
1 Corinthians 15:39–40 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.
Now the big question for us as children of God is, “how does this change how we live?”
2 Corinthians 4:16–18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
We are not to lose heart! Knowing that the resurrection is true and that therefore Jesus’ teachings are true, we have absolute assurance in the promises that God has given us. This means in times like now, during pandemic’s, during calamities, during hardships, we can trust in the Lord and know that this is not all there is. If anything, our sufferings remind us of who we are in Christ Jesus and of the promises we have in Him. And they should lead us to rejoice!
2 Corinthians 12:10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
We are to live for Him and for the Future Kingdom! Lastly, way too often during tough times, we take our eyes off of the Kingdom promises, and we fix our eyes on ourselves and our problems. However, not only are we reminded through the resurrection that we are not to continue in sin, but we are also reminded that we are to live our lives on this earth for God.
Romans 6:1–4 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Brother’s and Sister’s in Christ think about how majestic our God is and of how He has not failed and will not fail to keep His promises. And as you reflect upon the power that He has demonstrated by raising His Son up from the grave, fix your eyes on Him, and let’s begin to live a life that is glorifying to Him, knowing this life is not all that we have. When we suffer in this life, those sufferings are rubbish compared to what He has in store for us. Therefore, let us rejoice for we can know beyond all doubt, that God will raise us up with Him in the last days and that we will be with Him for all eternity!
 Gary R. Habermas, Antony Flew, and David Baggett. Did the Resurrection Happen? A Conversation with Gary Habermas and Antony Flew. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Books, 2009.