In Part 1 of ‘Did Jesus really rise from the dead?’ we saw that 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.
Yet the death of Jesus doesn’t do anything to substantiate his claim of deity. He may have been deluded. A liar. A conman. One (outdated) theory even suggests that He didn’t even die on the cross at all.
If the resurrection really took place, however, then Jesus rises above such worldly labels.
At the same time, if it never actually happened, we have nothing at all to separate Jesus from the pantheon of influential but ultimately mortal historical figures.
In short, the resurrection is utterly fundamental to Christianity.
“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith.…” (1 Corinthians 15: 12-14.)
The last animation from Reasonable Faith started to look at three main facts surrounding the resurrection:
1. The discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb.
2. The appearances Jesus made after his death.
In Part 2’s video, we now move on to look at the explanation that best accounts for these facts.