Archaeological Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection

Throughout the ages, many critics have tried to dissect and destroy the Christian faith by attacking the very epicenter of the faith- the death, burial, and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The critics have tried to discredit the unbearable evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all, if Christ never rose from the dead, all of Christianity would be wrong. Looking at the evidence, however, we see that Jesus Christ actually did rise from the dead.
The evidence of the actual Man of Jesus Christ is unbearable. Many ancient Roman historians including Josephus, Suetonius, and Tacitus wrote of Him based on second-hand accounts of the acts done by Jesus.  Taking quote from Josephus’ historical book Testimonium Flavianum, “At this time Jesus, a wise man (if it appropriate to call him a man) appeared. For he was a worker of incredible deeds, a teacher of men who happily receive the truth and he drew to himself many Jews- and many Greeks too. This man was the Christ. And when Pilate had excused him at the instigation of the leading men among us, those who had first loved him did not give up. For he appeared to them on the third day alive again (the divine prophets had spoken concerning him of these and countless other wonders, And to this day the tribe of “Christians” (named after him) has not vanished.”
We know that Jesus was an actual Man and that He did indeed was persecuted at the end of His ministry; but how do we know that He actually died? After all, a true resurrection is not complete without an actual death. Jesus needed to die in order to conquer to resurrect and conquer sin. All physicians who studied the crucifixion of Jesus Christ all have agreed that He undoubtedly died on the cross. It would be physically impossible for Jesus to have survived the cross. Also, the Roman soldiers were professionals in killing people and it would seem very unlikely that they mistaken Jesus as being dead. We see this in John 19:32-33 in the Bible, “Then came the soldiers and brake the legs of the first and of the others which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not His legs.” Jesus was already declared dead upon the cross by the Roman execution professionals. Jesus was indeed dead on the cross.
Being placed in the tomb, Jesus was correctly pronounced dead by many officials and Jews. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead and rolled the stone away from the tomb and resurrected from the dead. How can we prove this? How can we prove that such a miracle took place? We can’t prove the miracle itself, but we can prove that the miracle actually happened by providing evidence the state of being before the miracle and the incredible change (whether physical or mental) after the event. To explain further, we know that Jesus did indeed die on the cross, and we can also know that He rose from the dead by providing first-hand eyewitness accounts of the resurrected Jesus- and there are numerous accounts. Precisely, there are over five hundred documented eyewitness accounts recorded of the resurrected Jesus. Hallucinations could rid of some if it were not for the fact that five hundred witnesses saw the resurrected Jesus at once (I Corinthians 15:6).  A hallucination, being only shown to affect one person, could not possibly explain the simultaneous eyewitness accounts of the resurrected Christ. In fact, we see that if all five hundred people suffered from the same hallucination simultaneously would prove to be a larger miracle than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. By this, we know that there accounts of Jesus’ resurrection.
We have accurately shown that the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection by providing evidence that Jesus was indeed a real Man before His death and that He was seen on multiple occasions by different people and even by five hundred people at once. We have proven very scientifically that Jesus Christ did indeed die on the cross. As Josephus, the great Roman historian, said. “This man was the Christ.” The Christ being the Man that died for us and rose again on the third day.

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