Evidence Proving Jesus Was Resurrected by Myra Kahn Adams for Town Hall
Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ — the world’s greatest miracle that changed the course of human history. If you do not believe the Resurrection happened, that is your opinion, but it did happen, and what follows is supporting evidence.
The Resurrection is a gift that keeps on giving from God to humanity. Jesus explained this gift: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
That familiar verse is the foundational doctrine of faith — believing in Jesus as the source of God’s love, hope, and forgiveness of sin — to spend eternity with Him. If your life is searching for meaning, pray and ask Jesus to be with you now as you reread His words.
Since Jesus’s tomb was empty, here is an Easter question for nonbelievers: If Jesus was NOT resurrected, what happened to His body? Matthew, the Jewish Gospel writer, describes the lingering concerns of Jerusalem’s Jewish leaders:
“The chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead.’ This last deception will be worse than the first” (Matthew 27:62-66).
Pilate agreed — guards were posted, the tomb sealed, but neither could stop God’s powerful plan of salvation:
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said'” (Matthew 28:1-8).