It’s not debated that Jesus really existed. It’s not debated that Jesus was crucified. It’s debated whether or not Jesus was, in fact, raised from the dead. Some people mistakenly believe that he somehow miraculously survived the crucifixion and was found alive in the tomb on the third day.
It’s historically documented that Jesus was beaten, whipped thirty-nine times with a cat o’ nine tails that marred him beyond recognition, had a crown of thorns shoved deep into his skull, was nailed to a cross with spikes driven through his hands and feet, and then had a professional Roman executioner thrust a spear into his side, thus confirming his death. The body of Christ was taken off the cross, wrapped in a mummified state, and placed in a cold, dark tomb for three days.
If Jesus survived all of that, that’s perhaps a greater miracle than being raised from death!
Another debate is that his body was stolen. If this is the case how do you explain Jesus being seen alive by his disciples and others on several occasions and by as many as 500 eyewitnesses on at least one occasion? Again, we have historical documents and manuscripts that validate that people watched him die…and then saw him alive three days later.
Furthermore, if the body of Jesus was really stolen then how do you explain the transformation of character by his disciples? They went from abandoning him when he was arrested to laying down their lives as martyrs for preaching that he was alive.
When objectively examining all of the above I have come to the conclusion that it requires more faith not to believe in the resurrection.
My God’s not dead. He’s surely alive.