1 Peter 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.“
If Jesus rose from the dead, we must listen to what He says about Himself and salvation, and we must submit to the call He places on our lives. It is fundamental for us to believe these truths, and the following assures us of this:
1. The Body Had Gone – It would have been easy to prove that the apostles were lying about the resurrection if Jesus’ body were still in the tomb. The location of this tomb was no secret. Anyone who wanted to discredit the claim of resurrection could have produced Jesus’ body. No one did this, which gives us clear reason to believe that His body was gone, but not stolen or moved.
2. The Lord Was Seen – Not only did Jesus appear to a handful of individuals, He appeared repeatedly to numerous people over a period of several weeks. At one point, He even appeared to a group of more than 500 brothers and sisters (1 Co. 15:6). It simply doesn’t make sense to view these appearance accounts as inventions or hallucinations. There were too many people to be in on a lie of this magnitude, and too many people to experience the same hallucination.
3. The Disciples Were Changed – The transformation that took place in the lives of Jesus’ disciples might just be the most convincing reason of all for believing in the resurrection. Before Jesus rose from the dead, these men were confused and afraid. After Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples, they were clear-headed and courageous.
Their faith was grounded upon the hard facts of experience that could be verified. Today, we verify this same truth in Scripture, for we are to believe that God raised Him from the dead for that is the truth of our salvation.