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The Resurrection of Christ can be found in every book of the New Testament - including the four Gospels of Matthew Mark Luke and John Many argue that the Resurrection is the key aspect of Christianity - without Resurrection Christ would have been nothing more than a martyr - albeit a noble one This argument is reinforced in the New Testament by Paul where he says if Christ has not been raised our preaching is useless and so is your faith 1 Corinthians 1514 Modern day theologians continue to argue that this is true One such example is Professor William Craig who believes that the Resurrection was the origin of the Christian faith Professor William Craig In this essay I will look at Christs life and by comparing Biblical sources and theologians views determine if the Resurrection is central to the Christian faith Christs crucifixion and his Resurrection are contained in all four Gospels Within the Gospels there are discrepancies in the accounts however not enough that they destroy the credibility of the stories All four follow the same general pattern and differentiate only on minor details The Gospels tell that Jesus was crucified on a Friday now known as Good Friday after trial by the Jews on charges of blasphemy and trial by the Romans on charges of treason After Jesus death Joseph of Arimathea took Christs body and concealed it in a tomb which he had prepared for himself This had to be done quickly as the Jewish Sabbath was beginning at sunset on the Friday after which the Jews could not work until sunset the following day On the Sunday some of the Jewish women different Gospels name different women went to anoint Christs body but found the stone - which had been sealing the tomb - rolled away and the tomb itself empty The disciples who had seemed defeated suddenly had renewed faith after
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