Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Some would propose that he didn’t. One of the arguments against Jesus rising from the dead is that he didn’t really die. There are two alternatives presented along this line of argumentation.
The first is that it wasn’t really Jesus on the cross, it was a body double. For that to be true we would have to be able to say that the disciples, who traveled with him and knew him intimately for three years, didn’t recognize the imposter on the cross. We would also have to say that his own mother, standing at the foot of the cross, didn’t recognize that it wasn’t Jesus. We would also have to be able to say that the Jewish leaders who hated Jesus and wanted him dead also didn’t recognize the imposter. It is unreasonable to suggest that someone else was on the cross.
The second alternative is that Jesus didn’t really die. That a mistake was made and when he was taken off the cross he was still alive, but this is what the eyewitness John wrote
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear. Immediately blood and water came out. The one who saw it has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. (John 19:33-35)
John specifically recorded that Jesus really died. This is important because sin requires death as its payment. For Jesus to be our Savior he must die and he must rise again. John records both accounts that Jesus died and rose again so that you can know it’s truth.
Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
Yes he did. Because he really died. He really paid for your sins so you are forgiven. Amen.