One of the major questions people ask when considering the resurrection of Jesus is how to explain the dramatic change in the disciples. Consider the following:
At His crucifixion, all but one fled in fear and they went into hiding– for as His followers, they feared the government authorities would arrest them as well. Later, in different parts of the world, they boldly proclaimed that Jesus had risen from the dead. When confronted with death if they didn’t stop making that claim, none did. People will die for a lie that they don’t know is a lie, but they don’t die for something that they know is a hoax. Someone would have squealed and no one did. Why?
That first Easter morning when the women told the disciples that Jesus was risen, the disciples did not believe them. They thought it was nonsense. They knew He was dead. What happened to cause them to believe He was alive?
Can you answer these questions? I believe Jesus arose, and they saw Him, and their lives were never the same.