The Quiet Resurrection of Jesus
by Barrett Wolf
Why was the resurrection such a non-event? According to the Gospel stories, word would spread very fast about Jesus (pre-crucifixion), and huge crowds would gather within hours and days. In some instances, Jesus would travel by boat across the Sea of Galilee, and huge crowds would meet him upon his landing after just hearing he was coming.
Now, Post-Resurrection, He appeared to His immediate followers (a few women and 11 disciples). Even if Paul’s Corinthian letter (1 Corinthians 15) is accurate where there was a story of an appearance of 500 in one event, my point here is still valid. How is there any question about the resurrection? While there is some discrepancy in the gospels on how long he was on earth post-resurrection, the longest it could be would be 40 days according to Acts. For 40 days (Acts 1), He lived post resurrection, but no huge crowds? No fanfare? No press? No contemporary written record by a follower or historian (believer or secular)? Why was this a quiet and secret event? How is there not an amazing amount of immediate testimony; thousands/millions to testify? How is it that there is any question at all about someone this popular, who would draw enormous crowds (thousands), who was publically crucified, then who was raised from the dead and lived for 40 more days, then floated up to the sky? If it really happened the way the Gospel stories say, then why was there a need to convince other people? Did God intentionally “blind the hearts” of millions? If so, why would He do that?