So far in this series I have discussed two ways that people attempt to say that the Resurrection never happened. I talked about how some think that Jesus only swooned and how others believe that the disciples stole Jesus' body. Today I want to talk about a huge reason that further disproves the idea that the disciples stole Christ's body.
If Jesus never resurrected, then what about everyone who saw him after his death? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:6 that Jesus appeared to more than 500 people after his resurrection at the same time—"most
of whom are still alive." In the last post, I said that these people would not "lie" about seeing Jesus. Non-believers would agree. Instead, they say that all these people hallucinated. In addition, Jesus also appeared to many other people over the course of the 40 days after his resurrection until his ascension. A significant amount of these were individuals or small groups.
Think about what these people are saying. Five hundred people hallucinated and saw the exact same person. (Not to mention the many small groups and individuals who saw him.) First, five hundred people would not all hallucinate at the same exact moment. Second, even if they all did hallucinate, they would not all see the same things. Third, even if all hallucinated and saw the same things, the hallucination would not last for as long as Jesus was with them. As for the individuals and small groups, why would that many people all have the same hallucination with slight variations?
If all these people didn't hallucinate, or lie about seeing Jesus, then what other options are there? Only one. They did see Jesus. They saw him after his death, and after his resurrection. Jesus rose from the dead and lives today. He lives in you and me. He is risen! Praise God!