11 Jan John 20:31; Mathew 28:1-10
31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
28 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. 3 And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7 Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
One of the most convincing truths about Jesus is that He died on the cross and was buried in a borrowed tomb. But three days later, Jesus Christ arose from the dead. That is as provable a historical fact as any other. There is much Biblical evidence for His resurrection: 1. Fulfilled Prophecy – The Old Testament predicted that the Messiah would come, suffer, die, and then rise from the dead. 2. Physical Evidence – Jesus appeared to the disciples and allowed them to touch Him. 3. Eye Witness Testimony – Mary Magdalene and some other women saw Him and talked to Him; Two followers on the Road to Emmaus walked, talked, and ate with Him. Many of His followers saw Him, including, Simon Peter; the disciples without Thomas; Thomas present a week later; 8 disciples at the Sea of Galilee; Mount of Olives when He ascended; James; Paul; More than 500 believers. These people all lived and died for a Risen Jesus, not for a corpse. Our faith is based on the testimony of others. Faith comes from trust in the Word of God. John 20:31 says, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” How do you know that Jesus rose from the dead, that He is alive? Jesus loves me and I have a close relationship with Him.