First of all, I respect everyone’s opinions on here. You are free to comment if you disagree. Oh, and if you don’t like gruesome details, I would recommend you not read this post. Then again, the Bible is full of gruesome details. So if you can read your Bible, you can read this post.
The Hallucination Theory- This is the theory that Jesus’ disciples didn’t see Jesus, they “hallucinated” seeing him because of their grief.
How to answer: It’s proven that hallucination occurs one person at a time. It’s impossible for many people to hallucinate about one specific person at the same time. Jesus’ disciples said they saw Him all at once.
The “Unconscious” theory- This is the theory that Jesus didn’t die, that he was just unconscious, therefore it would be easy for him to “fake” the resurrection because he wouldn’t be dead to begin with.
How to answer: Roman Soldiers. They made sure all their victims were dead. If the victims were not dead, Roman soldiers would break their legs, making it harder to push up on the cross in order to breath. They didn’t break Jesus’ legs. Instead they drove their spear into his side. The spear went up through Jesus’ ribs and pierced his heart. Blood and water came rushing out. If people ask, “What’s the significance of the soldiers not breaking Jesus’ legs?” you can quote this from Bible scholars.
“When God gave Moses and Aaron the rules for the Passover, some might have sounded unconventional—for example, the clear prohibition against breaking any bones of the lamb that was sacrificed and eaten by each household. Why did God insist on this?
This command—that the Passover lamb not have its legs broken—carries symbolic weight. When Jesus, whom John the Baptist proclaimed to be “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), was crucified, not one of his bones was broken. John 19:31-34 tells us that when the soldiers came to Jesus to break his legs to hasten his death, they found that he was already dead, so they pierced his side with a spear but did not break his legs.”
P.S- I found this interesting:
“Jesus came to fulfill the predictions of the prophets, who had long foretold that a Savior would one day appear. He came to fulfill the ceremonial law, by becoming the great sacrifice for sin, to which all the Old Testament offerings had ever pointed. He came to fulfill the moral law, by yielding to it a perfect obedience, which we could never have yielded – and by paying the penalty for our breaking of it with His atoning blood, which we could never have paid.”
“Do not despise the Old Testament under any pretense whatsoever. Let us never listen to those who bid us throw it aside as an obsolete, antiquated, useless book. The religion of the Old Testament is the embryo of Christianity. The Old Testament is the gospel in the bud. The New Testament is the gospel in full flower. The saints in the Old Testament saw many things through a glass darkly. But they all looked by faith to the same Savior and were led by the same Spirit as ourselves.”
“Also, beware of despising the law of the Ten Commandments. Let us not suppose for a moment that it is set aside by the gospel or that Christians have nothing to do with it. The coming of Christ did not alter the position of the Ten Commandments in the least. If anything, it exalted and raised their authority (Romans 3:31). The law of the Ten Commandments is God’s eternal measure of right and wrong. By it, is the knowledge of sin. By it, the Spirit shows men their need of Christ and drives them to Him. To it, Christ refers His people as their rule and guide for holy living. In its right place it is just as important as ‘the glorious gospel.’ It cannot save us. We cannot be justified by it. But never, never let us despise it. It is a symptom of an ignorant and unhealthy state of religion when the law is lightly esteemed. The true Christian ‘delights in God’s law’ (Romans 7:20).”
Adapted from The Gospel of Matthew by J.C. Ryle (Chapter 5).