The proof of Jesus' resurrection isn't a video clip or some other visual proof, to which
today's world has become accustomed. But that
doesn't mean there is no proof of Jesus' resurrection. Consider the following
Despite everything that Jesus did and said, if He had died and remained dead,
Christianity never would have even started, let alone spread across the world.
Consider Jesus' resurrection from
His Apostles' perspective. For three years, they accompanied Jesus
everywhere and saw Him perform incredible miracles.
But when He was crucified, all of them except John ran away and hid, fearing their own arrest and execution.
But just over a month later, they returned to Jerusalem and confidently
proclaimed Jesus' resurrection, declaring to a massive audience that Jesus,
"whom you crucified" (Acts 2:36),
"This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses." (Acts 2:32)
Something very significant happened during that month - something so
astounding, in fact, that it confirmed their faith in Jesus' deity even more than
all of the miracles they had seen Jesus perform.
But what could be more astounding than seeing Jesus feed thousands of people with a boy's lunch
(John 6), heal the blind
sick (John 9),
and raise the dead (John 11)?
This time, it wasn't what Jesus did, but what He couldn't do: He couldn't
just quietly stay dead. During that month, they had seen and conversed with the physically
risen Jesus, who even ate food in front of them to prove
that they weren't just seeing a ghost (Luke 24:36-43).
Consider the Apostles' proclamation also from their audience's perspective. They
had called for the death of Jesus
so they didn't want to hear that He is risen again or that He is their
"Lord" (Acts 2:36). If Jesus' body
was still in the tomb, they would have
yelled back, "You're wrong. He's dead and his
body is in that tomb!"
But instead of contesting the Apostles' proclamation, the audience remained silent
and then three thousand of them became Christian on the spot: "Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and
that day about three thousand souls were added to them." (Acts 2:41)
Why would they do that? The only possible explanation is that they couldn't
deny the Apostles' declaration about Jesus' resurrection, which proves His deity and validates everything He
said before dying to save us from our sins.