Matthew 28:6 –
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
Does this Bible verse describe the most important event in all of history?
1. Context – Jesus had been crucified three days earlier by the Romans. This is a fact in history, attested to by several Roman historians including Josephus, Tacitus and Lucian.
2. Who was speaking, and to whom was he speaking? An Angel had appeared to two women (Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary), who were not even valid “Witnesses” according to Jewish Law, but who were the first to hear of the resurrection.
3. What did the Angel actually say: That Jesus Christ had risen, just as He had told the Disciples and His followers many times before the actual event. The Angel then proceeded to show them the place where He had been laid as a dead man three days prior.
4. Can we believe this to be true? There is actually no controversy at all surrounding this event. It is historical. How can we know for certain? We have the eye-witness testimony of these witnesses in the Bible, as well as those of outside sources (the Roman historians) who describe both the death and resurrection of Jesus. People such as Josh McDowell and C.S. Lewis have set out before us to disprove these events and come to the conclusion that legally, in a Court of Law, there is sufficient eye-witness testimony to determine that these events actually happened. There is no deception going on here, there cannot be. The eye-witness reports, as well as the evidence gathered by both the Gospel writers and the historians prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that these events are true and are recorded accurately.
The question then becomes, why was this all so carefully documented and recorded? The answer is simple, the Bible itself says so at the end of John’s Gospel.
John 20:31 –
“But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”