If one does not believe the Resurrection to be true, he must first explain the empty tomb. Where is the body of Christ? Why would the disciples steal the body? None of the disciples received wealth or political status for preaching the Resurrection of Christ. They all received torture, imprisonment, and/or death because of it. (2 Cor 11:22–25) Why would they die for a lie? Even the soldiers were paid to say that the disciples stole the body. (Matt 28:11–15)
“This involves men testifying about what happened while they slept!1
One cannot accept this as a valid testimony. Guards would have been put to death for losing a prisoner while sleeping (Acts 12:19; 16:27). Also if the body was stolen, why were the wrappings left and why was the headpiece left neatly rolled in the tomb? (John 20:7)
1. www.BibleStudyLessons.com. assessed in the Fall of 1996(?).
Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that His good friend, Lazarus of Bethany, was sick. Jesus did not go to Bethany right away. He waited two days before leaving to see Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. When Jesus arrived, Lazarus was already dead and had been in the grave four days. Martha questioned why He did not come earlier, but she knew God was still in control. To comfort Martha, Jesus reminded her of the resurrection that believers will receive, by saying, ‘Lazarus will rise again.’ Jesus then makes his fifth ‘I am’ statement in John 11:25, announcing that He is the ‘Resurrection and the Life’. The one who believes in Jesus will live even after he dies. There is eternal life waiting to the one who believes in His Name. Verse 35 shows Jesus’ humanity as he mourned for the lost of his friend. Then Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the grave to show his divinity and to display the glory of God. What a beautiful picture to show that there is life after death.
John 11:20-27 nasb Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house. Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. “Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”