The historical evidence for the bodily resurrection of Jesus is compelling. Jesus appeared physically to people, many of whom were still alive when the books in the New Testament were written. Rising from the dead confirmed that Jesus has power over death and gives hope of eternal life to people who put their trust in him.
I. THE MEANING OF THE TERM “RESURRECTION”
A. The rise of faith in the disciples?
B. The empty tomb?
C. Jesus coming back to life again?
D. Eschatological form of life?
E. Rising in mastery over death
II. DIFFERENCES IN THE ACCOUNTS
III. WITNESSES TO THE RESURRECTION
A. The Empty Tomb
1. The women went to the wrong tomb?
2. Joseph of Arimathea stole the body?
3. The Swoon Theory?
4. The disciples stole the body?
5. The body disintegrated?
B. The appearances of Christ
C. The Church
IV. ATTEMPTS TO BYPASS THE EMPTY TOMB
A. Multiple attestations
B. Historical likelihood
C. Specific tomb mentioned
D. Change in worship
E. 1 Corinthians 15:3