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Was Jesus' Resurrection Real or Fake?
Did Jesus actually rise from the dead? Did He actually die on the cross and then was later seen walking with, talking with, and eating with His friends? Historians use a set of tools and rules to verify the occurrence of past historical facts. These are called the criteria of authenticity. When these are applied to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, the answers come back, yes, this was real. Jesus did rise from the dead.
There Were Eye-Witnesses to His Death and Life After Death
Jesus Was Dead
Roman soldiers had a lot of experience crucifying people. No one came off the cross alive.
So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. - John 19:32-34
There was no question he was dead, and no question he was alive several days later. He was seen alive by more than 500 witnesses! The men in power (the Jewish leaders) wanted Jesus dead. If anyone could have provided evidence the disciples were lying about Jesus being alive, they would have been handsomely rewarded. Many of those who had seen him alive were still living when the gospel accounts were written. The eyewitness testimony was that Jesus had risen from the grave proving there truly is life after death.
"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried, and He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me (Paul) also." - 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
Surprising Scholarly Agreement on Facts That Support Jesus’ Resurrection (News Article)
Did the Resurrection Really Happen? (AIG Article)
Is the resurrection of Jesus Christ true? (GotQuestions.org Article)
THE GOOD NEWS
Before you get the good news, you need to know the bad news. It's about you. God says:
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23
Sin means disobeying God, aka breaking God's law. God is perfect and perfection is required to enter heaven. It's a standard none of us can achieve. We all fall short. For example, compare yourself with just one of the Ten Commandments. Have you ever told a lie?
All liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. - Revelation 21:8. Or what about:
Have you ever taken something that does not belong to you, no matter how small? Have you ever looked at another person with lust? In Matthew 5 Jesus said:
Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.' Have you done that?
You have broken God's laws. You have sinned. There must be justice, and that means eternity in hell, the lake of fire, the second death. Unless...
Unless there was someone willing to pay that penalty on your behalf. Someone who will take on themselves the consequences you deserve. And there is. There is one person who can and will do that. That person is Jesus Christ. If you trust this is true (believe), and repent (turn away from disobeying God), Jesus' death is applied to your account and you are freed from the penalty of sin to be with God forever.