Did Jesus Rise From The Dead?

W. Terry Varner
April 3, 2016

In a day of growing unbelief, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ remains one of the great cornerstones of Christian joy and certainty. One grieves with the repudiation of the supernatural aspects of the Christian faith during the last half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is found in all realms of thought—science, historical research, philosophy, sociology, and, sad but very true, in religious thought within and without the Lord’s glorious church,

The literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus has always been central to the preaching of the gospel. In AD 30, when the church was established, the apostle Peter preached that Jesus was “crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. . . He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ that his soul was not left in hell [hades], neither did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up. . (Acts 2:23-24, 30-32). When the apostle Paul came to Athens, ca. AD 52, Paul’s apology of Christianity before the Athenian philosophers was reasoned of “Jesus, and the resurrection . . . where of he [God] hath given assurance unto all men, in that he raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:18,31).

Christianity was established and defended in the first century by the unshakeable and unmovable historic evidence    of the literal, bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here you and I stand and do battle for the faith    because we have historical events that cannot be contradicted. An empty tomb the critics can deny, but their denial cannot be proved. The resurrection of Jesus cannot be disproved.

In order to prove our affirmation that Jesus rose from the dead, we set forth the following argument:

Major Premise: If it is the case that the Bible sets forth evidence that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead and therefore is the Son of God, then one can know that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead and is the Son of God.

Minor Premise: The Bible sets forth evidence that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead and therefore is the Son of God.

Conclusion: Therefore, one can know that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead and is the Son of God.

Did Jesus rise from the dead? Yes! Is there sufficient evidence to warrant the conclusion that the cause of the empty tomb is none other than the bodily resurrection of Jesus? Yes! Does the bodily resurrection of Jesus affirm that Jesus is the Son of God? Yes! (cf. 1 Corinthians 15; Romans 1:4).

The resurrection of Jesus “distinguishes Christianity from every other religion and from every system of philosophy ... the way in which [it] is bound up with the Person of its Founder” (Edgar, The Gospel of the Risen Savior 21). HE IS RISEN (Matthew 28:6).

We could set forth additional evidence to warrant the conclusion to account for the empty tomb. We can know that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead and is the Son of God. (1) Jesus lived and died. (2) The burial of Jesus. (3) The empty tomb. (4) The testimony of the witnesses. (5) The relevancy of Jesus’ resurrection to Christian doctrine. These biblical and historical facts ought to strengthen the faith of each Christian.