Following on from our last blog exploring the identity of Jesus, our next animation from Reasonable Faith explores the facts surrounding his crucifixion.

As we have seen, Jesus of Nazareth believed himself to be the one and only Son of God. This led to the authorities accusing him of blasphemy and crucifying him. But why should we take his claim seriously?

The answer is, of course, the resurrection. Jesus rising from the dead as described in the scriptures would go a long way to authenticating his identity as the Son of Man. At the same time, if the resurrection never actually happened, then we could far more easily dismiss Jesus as just another name on the list of interesting – but mortal – historical figures.

That’s why the resurrection is the central, essential plank in the Christian belief system. And so perhaps the most crucial question we can ask is: did Jesus rise from the dead?

To answer this question in full, we first need to look at three main facts surrounding one of the most influential (if not the most influential) events in human history. Then in Part 2 next time, we will move on to look at the explanation that best accounts for these facts.

So … what are the facts that need explaining?

1. The discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb.

2. The appearances Jesus made after his death.

3. The disciples’ unwavering belief – often to the death – that Jesus did indeed rise from the dead.

Facts…or fiction? Watch this video to find out more.