THE Resurrection of Christ is most often thought of as a religious event, but it was first and foremost an historic event. Here is a brief summary of what we know from the New Testament accounts, which were consciously written as history and have as much authenticity as most universally accepted (by professional historians and laymen) ancient documents; from general knowledge of that era and from elementary interpretation of all this:
*Eyewitnesses described the crucifixion of Jesus in detail. John said that he saw blood and water pour forth from Christ’s lanced heart right before his death. (Jn 19:34-35)
*Roman soldiers faced the death penalty if they did not successfully execute someone condemned to death.
*Jesus’s body was handled and wrapped in cloth. Eyewitnesses testified that it was placed in a tomb covered with a boulder. Roman soldiers guarded the tomb. They would have faced severe penalty if they left it unguarded.