One thing that we know for sure is that Jesus was a real person.
We must prove that Jesus actually died
He suffered from hematidrosis at the time of His crucifixion
Jesus endured getting beaten
He endured scourging (also called the half-death)
He had a crown of thorns pressed onto His head and beaten into His brow
He was crucified. This causes death by asphyxiation.
The executioners were professionals… it was their JOB!
He was pierced through the heart and lungs with a spear
Jesus actually died and was D-E-A-D when they pulled Him off the cross
The female factor
Women discovered the empty tomb… why does this give the empty tomb more credibility?
Both the Roman and the Jewish governments acknowledged that the tomb was empty. There was never a dispute about that!
The soldiers would not have walked away. This kind of failure would have caused them to be put to death themselves.
(A)Appearances: 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
Jesus appeared to, at minimum, 500 people, on 12 different occasions spread over a 40-day period of time.
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at first, the consensus was that Jesus was DEAD and NOT WORTHY OF PRAISE!
Thomas was once a strong follower, but after the death of Jesus, he became a skeptic
BUT THEN: John 20:25-29
Thomas transformed from a skeptic to a martyr, dying for his conviction that he’d actually seen the risen Jesus
The Apostle Peter: Mark 14:17
Peter changed from a bold disciple to a bold denier of Jesus. He was even scared for his life and in hiding!
The Historian, Tertullian, claims Peter was crucified. Church history, and writings from the 2nd century AD has Peter being crucified upside-down because he felt unworthy to be crucified in the same manner as Jesus.
Peter went from denying Jesus to dying for his faith!!
James, Jesus’ brother felt Jesus was insane: Mark 3:20-21
The Historian Josephus records the sentence of James: “…so he assembled the sanhedrim of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned.”
Even James, the brother of Jesus, changed from a person who thought Jesus was insane to someone who would give up his life because he saw Jesus risen and believed.
When Jesus rose from the dead – when did the women find the tomb? After sunrise or before?