In this clip from his course NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose, Dr. Darrell Bock explains ways that we can be sure the Gospel accounts reflect a real historical event rather than a made-up story. He explains the significance of Jesus not being buried in a family tomb, being raised from the dead on the third day when even the disciples didn’t expect it, and having women—who were not recognized as legally credible witnesses in the first century—be the first witnesses to His resurrection. “You would never make up a story this way,” says Dr. Bock. He continues:
For these various reasons, these Gospel accounts have the appearance of being credible in reporting real experiences that the disciples believed they had and real experiences the disciples believed really took place. They believed it so much they were willing to die for it. They believed it so much they were willing to have their lives transformed by it. That’s the power of the resurrection. It is not only about the vindication of Jesus, but it is evidence of the presence of the life-giving, transforming power of God.
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