The Empty Tomb

March 23, 2008

“…and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:14

If you’re a skeptic about the resurrection of Jesus, how do you explain the empty tomb? Some say the disciples stole the body. Matthew 28:11-15 speaks of this rumor.

I ask: how could they overcome the Roman guards, who would be executed if they left their post or lost their prisoner? And how can you explain all the disciples dying a martyr’s death at different locations and times for proclaiming something they knew to be a lie?

People will die for a lie if they don’t know it’s a lie, but people don’t die for something they know is untrue. Do you remember Watergate and all those Nixon loyalists running for their lawyers when they realized prison might be ahead?

The disciples claimed that Jesus Christ proved He was God’s son by rising from the dead. To escape martyrdom, all the disciples had to do was renounce their claim. They did not.

No, the disciples didn’t steal Jesus’ body. They died because they knew that Jesus rose.