18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,” (I Peter 3:18).
How do we know that Jesus actually died on the cross? Aside from what the Bible says in I Peter 3:18, and elsewhere, what evidence do we have for Jesus’ death? Or to put it another way, what are the alternative arguments for Jesus “not” dying on the cross and are they at all plausible?
First of all, there is the Swoon Theory. Second is the Stolen Body Theory. Third is the Hallucination Theory. This theory states that the disciples so wanted to believe that Jesus rose from the dead that they hallucinated and actually believed He had risen. This is refuted …
- By Jesus’ Appearances. Too many people saw Christ after His death for his resurrection to be anything else than what it was. I Corinthians 15:1-8. When He appeared to the disciples they thought He was a ghost. He finally had to tell them to touch and handle Him. He even asked them for some fish. Luke 24:36-43.
- The Skepticism of the Disciples. The disciples didn’t believe at first that Jesus had risen from the dead. They were skeptical (Mark 16:9-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-25). Thomas flat out refused to believe it was true unless he placed his hands in Jesus’ wounds. They thought words of His resurrection were “idle tales.”
- The Behavior by the Women. If Mary, and the other women, were so convinced that He would rise then why did they go to the tomb on first day of week to anoint His body? They obviously weren’t expecting Him to be alive (John 20:1-10). In fact, Mary didn’t even recognize Jesus, but thought He was a gardener (John 20:11-18).
More to come! Soli deo Gloria!