In a world filled with belief systems making religious claims, how can you know what to believe? How can you know who to follow? Let me offer evidence which shows that following Christ is reasonable.
A Public Execution Assured His Death
During the Jewish Feast of Passover, Jesus was crucified. An angry crowd, religious leaders, Roman soldiers, and brokenhearted friends witnessed His death.
A High Official Secured The Grave Site
To assure that the disciples could not conspire in a resurrection hoax, Pilate ordered the official seal of Rome to be attached to the tomb. To enforce the order, soldiers stood guard.
In Spite Of Guards, The Grave Was Found Empty
On the morning after the Sabbath, some of Jesus’ followers discovered Jesus’ body was gone, and only His burial wrappings remained.
Many People Claimed To Have Seen Him Alive
Paul wrote that the resurrected Christ was seen by Peter, the twelve, more than 500 people (many of whom were still alive at the time of his writing), James, and himself (1 Cor. 15:5-8).
His Apostles Were Dramatically Changed
The Lord's disciples ran for their lives. But they went through a dramatic change, and within a few weeks, they were standing face to face with the ones who had crucified their leader.
Witnesses Were Willing To Die For Their Claims
History is full of martyrs who have died for their beliefs, but while many would die for what they believe to be the truth, few, if any, would die for what they know to be a lie.
Jewish Believers Changed Their Day Of Worship
The Sabbath day of rest and worship was basic to the Jewish way of life, yet Jewish followers of Christ began worshiping with Gentile believers on the first day of the week.
Although His Death Was Unexpected, It Was Clearly Predicted
The disciples expected their Messiah to restore the kingdom to Israel. They obviously overlooked the Old Testament prophecies which predicted His suffering (Ps. 22; Dan. 9; Isa. 53; Lk. 24:25-27).
It Was A Fitting Climax To A Miraculous Life
During His ministry, Jesus turned water into wine; walked on water; healed the sick; opened blind eyes, deaf ears, and tongue-tied mouths; restored crippled limbs; cast out demons; stilled a violent storm; and raised the dead. It is only fitting that Jesus should be raised from the dead!
It Fits The Experience Of Those Who Trust Him
Those who place their faith in Jesus Christ are commanded to be baptized. Baptism identifies the believer with His death, burial, and resurrection.
Because He Was A Gift From The Father, Salvation Is A Gift Offered To All
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (Jn. 3:16). "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast" (Eph. 2:8-9).