The account of Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead three days later, as promised, is not a cleverly devised fable. There is, in fact, more documented evidence attesting to this truth than to any ancient history. What happened later to His disciples is, for me, the most compelling testament to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
After Jesus was nailed to a cross, His disciples, who believed that He was the Messiah, must have looked at each other and said, “Hey, we called this one wrong, let’s get out of here.” They knew the authorities would be after them next, and they ran in fear for their lives.
Yet, history shows that, of all the disciples, only one died a natural death. The others were martyred by cruciﬁxion, boiling in oil, being thrown from a cliff, beaten to death and ﬂayed. No one returns to face certain death to participate in a hoax. No. There is only one plausible reason the disciples returned to almost certain execution. They had seen Jesus alive after seeing Him die on the cross.
When Peter and John were told by the authorities not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus, they responded by saying, “We can’t keep quiet about what we have seen and heard.”
We, too, have reason to believe.
Acts 4: 1-22