Did Jesus really rise from the Dead? Yes! St Paul said that if there is no resurrection, then everything we believe is a complete waste of time. But is there evidence that it might be?
Well - first, we can be sure that Jesus truly died on the cross. We are told that when the soldier put the spear in his side ‘blood and water’ came out. This indicates that Jesus’ lungs were full of fluid - he had suffocated as he hung there.
Secondly, everyone knew where Jesus’ body was placed. The women visited the tomb. They knew who the tomb belonged too. Soldiers even guarded it.
Thirdly, even the enemies of the first Christians agreed that the tomb was empty after his death. It would have been easy to prove he’d not risen if his body could be found. It couldn’t. It has disappeared.
And fourthly - most importantly - when Jesus was arrested and crucified his disciples fled in fear for their own lives. One of them had betrayed him. Another denied he ever knew him. Yet in three days they were transformed from fear to joy. No longer afraid that they might die, they were ready to give their lives for what they had seen. And their message has spread throughout the world ever since. No one is prepared to die for a lie.