I believe. I mean, I really believe. I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are six reasons that I believe.
Reason #1: The Bible says that Jesus rose from the dead. The Bible boldly declares that on the third day after His death, Jesus rose from the dead. See the last chapters of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the next-to-last chapter of John for awe-inspiring accounts of the resurrection of Jesus.
Reason #2: The tomb is empty! After His crucifixion, Jesus’ dead body was placed in a tomb. Yet, on the third day he rose from the dead. If you visit Jerusalem today, you will not find Jesus’ body in any tomb because the tomb is empty. He is resurrected from the dead.
Reason #3: The Roman soldiers were not put to death. According to history, when Roman soldiers were given the responsibility of being on guard, they did so with their life. If what they were guarding was stolen, they knew they would pay with their own life. And yet the Bible tells us that after Jesus was resurrected, a deal was made with the guards to spread lies of a false story that Jesus’ body was stolen by His followers, a lie that kept the guards from facing execution. It was a cover-up.
Reason #4: Eyewitness accounts of the resurrected Jesus. The Bible tells us that over a span of forty days, Jesus appeared to hundreds of people in his resurrected body. He talked with them, listened to them and ate meals with them. Sometimes He appeared to individuals, and at other times large or small groups. On one occasion, He appeared to more than five hundred people at once. They knew that He was their friend, the risen Lord Jesus.
Reason #5: Changed lives of the disciples. After his death, the disciples of Jesus were afraid, hopeless and depressed. They met in locked houses because of their fear of the authorities. After Jesus appeared to them and gave them instructions to spread the good news that He was alive, they shared this message with thousands, traveled to distant lands to spread the good news, stood before kings, sacrificed worldly possessions, and were willing to be put to death for what they knew to be true.
They spread a message of forgiveness, hope in Christ, love and salvation. You do not do those things if you are not 100% certain that your message is true. Their lives were changed by the risen Christ Jesus. They were changed from fearful to fearless, from hopeless to hopeful, from cowardly to bold, ready to change the world for Christ. And they did!
Reason #6: Jesus has changed my life. Today Jesus is drawing people to salvation. Through the Holy Spirit, He drew me. I read about Him in the Bible. I heard people describe how He could forgive me of my sin and save me. I prayed to Him, asking Him to save me. I put my faith and trust in Him. And He changed my life forever! Jesus is alive and living in me. He is my Savior, my Lord, and my hope for eternal life.