Acts 1:3, To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Acts 26:23-26, That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
1Corinthians 15:3, For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is not some mystical religious rumor, shrouded in the mists and ancient myths of ancient cultures. No, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is one of the most well attested to events in the history of mankind. The Scriptures and history itself give ample corroboration to the reality of this defining event.
Jesus Christ did not show Himself alive by some vague token proof, but by proofs, by many proofs, by many infallible proofs! Infallible means “not capable of being in error.” It means provable beyond any shadow of doubt. These proofs were not a once in a moment event but occurred repeatedly over a period of well over a month, among various people and groups of people.
While Paul argued his court case before King Festus, he referred to the far-reaching nature of those proofs as he called the King’s attention to these widely known facts, saying he was sure the King was well aware of them.
The believer’s faith is not resting on vagaries or on fanciful twice told tales, but on the bedrock of the historical event of the bodily resurrection of Christ. If in this life only we have hope, we are of all men most miserable, but thank God the redeemed can look ahead to life eternal because of the way that was made for us by the resurrection of the Saviour!