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. Fourth is the Wrong Tomb Theory. This perspective states that the reason there wasn’t a body in the tomb is because everyone went to the wrong tomb. This is refuted by …
- The women who took such special care to note where Jesus’ body had been laid (Matthew 27:61; Mark 15:47; Luke 23:55).
- Peter and John also knew exactly where the tomb was even though they arrived separately (John 20:2-8).
- The Roman Guards. How could they have been mistaken when such specific plans and procedures had been carefully thought out by the chief priests to guard the tomb so Jesus’ body would not be stolen? (Matthew 27:62-66; Matthew 28:1-4, 11).
- Why were the guards bribed to lie about the empty tomb if they had been at the wrong tomb? (Matthew 28:12-15).
- If it was the wrong tomb then why didn’t the chief priests, the Sanhedrin, the Roman Soldiers, Joseph of Arimathea, or even Pilate himself go to the right tomb and produce the body? The conclusion is simple. They were at the right tomb and it was empty because Jesus had risen from the dead.
More to come!
Soli deo Gloria!