Christ is Risen!
Many modern minds believe that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is impossible. They say it's just a metaphor. We live in a scientific age and many people doubt miracles, or simply don't believe in them at all. So, for many people the Resurrection is just not allowed by their worldview.
If that's you, let's do a thought experiment. What would it take to smash your worldview, your opinions and beliefs, and convince you that Jesus was raised bodily from the dead? You might say, "it would have to be overwhelming evidence. It would have to be absolutely convincing proof for me to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead!"
I want you to realize that whatever it would take to convince you, whatever kind of proof it would take to hit you and make you believe Jesus was raised from the dead - It must have hit his disciples! Although they probably had different reasons, the idea of a resurrection was just as inconceivable for them to believe as it is for modern people to believe. Greeks believed salvation was the soul being released from the body at death. They had no reason to hope for a resurrection. Some Jews believed in a resurrection at the end of time when all things would be restored. But someone rising in the middle of history just didn't fit their theology.
Jesus kept telling his followers, "I'm going to be killed and then rise again on the third day." But on the third day no one showed up at the tomb to see. Only a few women went - and that was to pay their last respects. Even when they found the stone moved, and the tomb empty their first response was, "Someone took his body!" Rising from the dead conflicted with their worldview so sharply that they didn't even show up out of curiosity to see what would happen.
So something must have been overwhelmingly convincing to them, because they did change their minds. They did believe! The Gospel writers tell us what affected them so strongly: Jesus appeared to them alive. There are several occurrences recorded where Jesus appeared to his followers after the crucifixion.
* Hundreds of people believed because they actually saw and heard and touched a living Jesus!
* Thousands more believed because they heard and believed the eyewitness testimony of those who actually saw the risen Jesus!
By the way, you have the eyewitness testimony too! The Bible, the Gospel writers are the eyewitnesses to these things that the early church had. Read them and decide.
Do you believe?!