“Once upon a time . . .” or “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . .”, these are how fairy tales typically start. If you grew up in or around church, you have probably heard the story of Jesus, how He was God’s son, how He died on a cross, and how He rose from the dead on the third day. Christianity itself rises or falls on the resurrection of Jesus. More than traditions, creeds or even ancient texts, the event of the resurrection itself is the lynchpin upon which everything else rests. As the Apostle Paul put it himself, "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile" (1 Corinthians 15:17). Paul knew that if the resurrection of Jesus was a hoax, a legend or even just a fairy tale to inspire future generations, the rest of Christianity would crumble, like a skyscraper built on sinking sand with no foundation. It’s all about the resurrection of Jesus.
So how can we today have faith that Jesus' resurrection actually happened, that the story of the resurrection isn’t just another fairy tale that we grew up with as a child but have begun to outgrow? No one alive today was alive back then, so we have to examine the historical evidences, not just inside but outside of the Bible. For a generation of people skeptical of the Bible or religion in general, saying “for the Bible tells me so” doesn’t cut it. Here’s what we can prove from history, and the evidence points to a world-altering event that happened 2000 years ago.