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Was Jesus' Resurrection Real or Fake?
Did Jesus actually rise from the dead? Did He actually die on the cross and then was later seen walking with, talking with, and eating with His friends? Historians use a set of tools and rules to verify the occurrence of past historical facts. These are called the criteria of authenticity. When these are applied to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, the answers come back, yes, this was real. Jesus did rise from the dead.
There Were Eye-Witnesses to His Death and Life After Death
Jesus Was Dead
Roman soldiers had a lot of experience crucifying people. No one came off the cross alive.
So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. - John 19:32-34
There was no question he was dead, and no question he was alive several days later. He was seen alive by more than 500 witnesses! The men in power (the Jewish leaders) wanted Jesus dead. If anyone could have provided evidence the disciples were lying about Jesus being alive, they would have been handsomely rewarded. Many of those who had seen him alive were still living when the gospel accounts were written. The eyewitness testimony was that Jesus had risen from the grave proving there truly is life after death.
"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried, and He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me (Paul) also." - 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
Surprising Scholarly Agreement on Facts That Support Jesus’ Resurrection (News Article)
Did the Resurrection Really Happen? (AIG Article)
Is the resurrection of Jesus Christ true? (GotQuestions.org Article)
THE WIDE OR
Most people choose the wide road. It's the way everyone else is going. It's wide and it's an easy road, so it must be the right road. But it's the wrong way!
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. - Matthew 7:13
The wide road, and wide gate is our choice based what feels good. But our feelings (our heart) are deceptive.
The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; - Jeremiah 17:9
Christianity... meaning belief in Jesus Christ... is not a blind faith driven by emotions. It is an informed faith, based on historical facts and truth.
The truth is that we are law breakers (sinners) in need of a Savior from the just wrath of God. That Savior is Jesus Christ.
Trusting Jesus is not the easy way. It is the narrow road, through a narrow gate, and it can be difficult at times. But it is the right way to go. And it is the only way to have eternal life in Christ Jesus.
Trust Jesus. Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. - Acts 16:31