|Jesus appears to two disciples on the Emmaus Road|
Then he (Jesus) came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NRSV-25203c" data-link="[c]”>[c] gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” 17 This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.
According to the Bible, Jesus was a big deal. Everyone in Palestine had heard of Jesus and his miracles of raising the dead and healing the sick. And when Jesus entered Jerusalem the week of his crucifixion, “the whole city” was in turmoil about him:
The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
The crucifixion story goes on to say that the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate, personally presided over the trial of Jesus. After questioning Jesus, Pilate found him not guilty of any crime. But due to his fear of the Jewish mobs in the city demanding his execution, Pilate relented and ordered Jesus to be scourged and crucified. Historians tell us that Pilate was a ruthless, brutal man, so if Pilate was afraid of the Jewish mobs, the city of Jerusalem must have been at a fever pitch of turmoil.
Yet the Christian Resurrection story tells us that three days after Jesus public crucifixion, by personal order of the Roman ruler, and at the behest of frenzied Jewish mobs, the resurrected Jesus spent the next forty days traipsing/teleporting around Jerusalem, Galilee, and Bethany…but no one but his disciples and an unidentified group of five hundred believers of this tale allegedly witnessed seeing this resurrected man. And to top it off…his guarded tomb was allegedly empty!
And, we skeptics are asked to believe that every one else in Palestine went about their lives as if nothing had ever happened, ignoring that the grave of the man who had brought Judea to the point of violent revolt was empty, and that hundreds of Christians were seeing this walking dead man from one end of Palestine to the other, but for some very strange reason, no one else did.
Come on! If these dramatic events really happened, surely at least one non-Christian would have mentioned it!
But, the fact is:
Philo doesn’t mention it.
Josephus doesn’t mention it.
The Roman authorities don’t mention it.
The Jewish authorities don’t mention it.
No contemporary of these fantastic, earth-shattering events, says one word about a resurrection.