At the outset, we must be clear that the Bible insists that Jesus died and rose again from the dead:-
The following are some post-resurrection appearances of Jesus:
It states that Jesus was just an ordinary teacher or leader; there were no dramatic events surrounding his death at all. The resurrection is a legend that developed over the centuries. This theory is refuted by the following observations:-
Conclusion: Even those who doubt the resurrection have to admit that some dramatic event concerning Jesus of Nazareth took place about the time of his death (32 AD).
It states that Jesus died, but someone stole his body from the tomb, giving Jesus' disciples an excuse to claim that he was risen. However:-
Conclusion: The "hallucination theory" is false.
The chief lines of evidence are as follows:-
The images shows the "Garden Tomb", the likely tomb were Jesus was buried. For further discussion on the evidence for the resurrection, see:-
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is an indisputable fact of history. The image shows the (new) wooden door to the Garden Tomb, Jerusalem, the likely site of Jesus' burial.
"I know pretty well what evidence is; and I tell you, such evidence as that for the Resurrection has never broken down yet." – Lord Lyndhurst, one of the greatest legal minds in British history, quoted in Wilbur Smith, Therefore Stand: Christian Apologetics, pp 425, 584
"I have spent more than 42 years as a defense trial lawyer appearing in many parts of the world and am still in active practice. I have been fortunate to secure a number of successes in jury trials and I say unequivocally that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt." – Sir Lionel Luckhoo (of the Guinness Book of World Records fame for his unprecedented 245 consecutive murder trial acquittals), jurisprudential prodigy and international statesman.
In 1930, once skeptic, Frank Morrison set out to write a book disproving the resurrection as a groundless myth. But the more he studied the gospel records, the more he was shaken in his original intention, and the more he was convinced that in fact the resurrection did happen. The book he wrote was very different from the one he had originally planned. It is called Who Moved the Stone? and the opening chapter is entitled The Book that refused to be written. In the following chapters he goes on to explain "Why that other venture never came to port, what were the hidden rocks on which it foundered, and how I landed upon, to me, an unexpected shore' – the certainty that Jesus was, and is, alive."
"As a lawyer I have made a prolonged study of the events of the first Easter Day. To me the evidence is conclusive, and over and over again in the high court I have secured the verdict on evidence not nearly so compelling…As a lawyer, I accept (the Gospel evidence of the resurrection) unreservedly as the Testimony of truthful men to facts that they were able to substantiate." – Sir Edward Clarke, quoted by J.R.W. Stott in Basic Christianity, IVP Press (1958), p46.
"I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times and to examine and weight the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort to the understanding of the fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ dies and rose again from the dead." Thomas Arnold, Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, Sermons on the Christian Life (London, 1859), p324
“I know the Resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren't true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn't keep a lie for three weeks. You're telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.” – Chuck Colson. Before Colson became a Christian, he was counsel to US President Nixon and convicted for wrongdoing in the Watergate scandal.
Two atheist friends, author-cum-educator Gilbert West and jurist Edward Littleton, decided to disprove Biblical Christianity. West decided to disprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ and Littleton decided to explain away the conversion of New Testament author Paul. After a year's research, they both met to compare their findings and both of them had become ardent Christians, each confessing that as a result of their research no alternative was left them but to accept Christianity. [Taken from Homer Duncan, Doors of Hope, p22].
Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853), a principal founder of the Harvard Law School, professor there, and considered to be the world's greatest authority on "Evidence" wrote The Testimony of the Evangelists Examined by the Rules of Evidence Administered in Courts of Justice in 1846. He had set out to disprove the resurrection but came to the conclusion that the witnesses were reliable, and the resurrection of Jesus occurred.
Okay, granted that God raised Jesus from the dead. What does that imply for me?