If you walk up to any Christian on the planet today and ask him why he believes in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and as God Almighty, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, the first answer you will probably get is: “The tomb was empty!”
If you read through the thirteen epistles written by the Apostle Paul, guess how many times he mentions the Empty Tomb.
Fifty times? No.
Twenty times? No.
Ten times? No.
Three times? No.
One time? No.
Paul never mentions anything about an empty tomb! Isn’t that odd?
Why is that?
I know what the response will be from orthodox Christians: “Paul wrote the thirteen epistles to address very specific theological issues in established churches; churches whose members already knew the story of the Empty Tomb! So the fact that the empty tomb is not mentioned in any of Paul’s epistles is inconsequential.”
Maybe….but maybe not.
Maybe Paul had never heard of the “empty tomb story”! Maybe that is why he never mentions it! After all, his epistles are the oldest Christian writings that we have today and they say nothing about an empty tomb. However, ten to thirty years later the four Gospels are written. All four Gospels go out of their way to emphasize the incredible importance of the empty tomb.
So isn’t it really, really odd that the greatest Christian evangelist and missionary who ever lived would never mention this climactic, supernatural, earth-shattering event in his thirteen epistles?