Supporting Evidence #7: Transformed Disciples  
Some Supporting Evidence for the Resurrection

The Transformed Lives of the Disciples

This is very suggestive evidence. The disciples fled when Jesus was arrested, and famously, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. A few weeks later they were preaching boldly that Jesus had risen from the dead. If the disciples’ leader had been horribly killed in front of them, where did they find the courage to preach so aggressively? There was no reward for them to do so – they were poor and persecuted, and eventually all but one were martyred for their faith.


Acts 5:25-33

Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.


Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”


Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead – whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these great, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”


When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. (NIV)



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