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Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Notes compiled by Marty Zide and Steve McAtee

Evidences for the resurrection are so abundant that they provide one of the greatest proofs for the validity and truthfulness of the true faith as taught in Scripture.

Resurrection Appearances

Mary Magdalene - John 20:11-17

The women at the tomb - Matt. 28:9-10

To Peter - Luke 24:34

Disciples on road to Emmaus - Luke 24:13-35

The disciples - Luke 24:36-43

The disciples again - John 20:26-29

Disciples by the sea of Galilee - John 21:1-23

To the five hundred - I Cor. 15:6

To James the Lord’s brother - I Cor. 15:7

Disciples on-mountain in Galilee - Matt. 28:16-20

Disciples on Mt. of Olives before ascension - Luke 24:44-53

To Stephen prior to martyrdom - Acts 7:55-56

Paul on road to Damascus - Acts 9:3-6 To Paul in Arabia - Gal. 1:12, 17 To Paul in the Temple - Acts 22:17-21

Paul in prison - Acts 23:11

John the Apostle - Rev. 1:12-20

I Cor. 15:3-8 - For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, 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 also.

What do all of these appearances help to establish? They establish the strongest kind of historical evidence for the validity of the resurrection. The great number and variety only help to strengthen the case for the truth of the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.

Preaching of the Apostles

The resurrection was the foundation of the Apostle’s preaching right after the Day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:22-24 - Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know--this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.

Acts 3:14-15 - But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.

Acts 3:26 - For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.

Acts 4:10 - let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus the Messiah the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead--by this name this man stands here before you in good health.

Acts 5:30 - The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.

By way of a side note, you’ll notice that these verses state that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead, but there are other verses that state that Jesus had a part in His own resurrection.

John 10:17-18 - For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.

John 2:19 - Jesus answered them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.


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