If Jesus died on the cross who woke up in the grave?answer that

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you believe in the Christian religion, then there is no problem here.  If you do not believe in the Christian religion, then you have no reason to take their beliefs on faith and you will not have any reason to believe that Jesus arose.

By the Christian faith, the Jesus who "awoke" in the tomb was the same one who died on the cross.  He died because he was human, he was able to rise because he was God.  This is paradoxical, but it is an article of faith to Christians.

So if you are Christian, there is no problem with believing that Jesus died and then rose from the dead.  If you are not Christian, you will likely think that this is an impossibility.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Christians believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross (crucifixion) for our sins. His body was wrapped in cloth made of linen and laid to rest in the tomb. Three days after he was crucified, he rose from the dead. So it was Jesus Christ himself who actually woke up in the grave. Forty days after he rose from the dead, he returned to heaven. This is called the Ascension of Jesus. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a very important part of Christianity.

"Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." He was speaking about his body (John 2:19-22).

luiji | Student


You are wrong. Your evidence is all wrong. Jesus couldn't have survived His death on the cross.

Firstly, you argue that Jesus couldn't have died because one who was crucified on the cross was cursed by God. This is exactly what happened to Jesus. He was forsaken by God. Before He died, he cried out with a loud voice saying "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" This is direct proof that Jesus had been cursed by God. Because Jesus was both God and man, he was able to take the curse upon Himself, because He was man.

Secondly, you argue that the blood of Jesus gushed forth. The detail you have missed is that blood and water gushed out of Him. If Jesus had been alive, this would have only been blood, but because He was dead, His blood had separated. It was also impossible for him to have lived, because they pierced his side with a spear, and had broken His legs, meaning He couldn't breathe.

In addition, before He died, Jesus said to one of the crimminals beside Him, that 'today you will be with me in paridise'. I don't call paridise a tomb. Paridise is heaven, and going to heaven means you have died.

Jesus Christ did die. If He hadn't, His sacrifice would mean nothing to us because He wouldn't have conquered sin's hold over us.

picturesque | Student


There is a simple and logical answer to your question. And i think those who opine, that this question is only confined to Christians, are absolutely wrong. Those who opine in such a manner either do not the answer or they try to conceal the truths which have been hidden from people for centuries.

Now answer to your Question. Well there are sufficient evidences from Bible, historical and medical sources that Jesus did not die on the cross.Because after he was crucified and survived the death on the cross(as it was written in the old testament that one who dies on the cross is cursed) and afterwards seen with his disciples as mentioned in the new testament. And there is another evidence in the new testament that a soldier hit with a spear in Jesus's ribs and blood gushed forth. So blood of a dead man does not gush forth.

And there are many evidences which oppose the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. For more information check out this site www.alislam.org


coloradogirl | Student

After Jesus was crucified and was buried, His tomb was empty three days later and something had happened to his body and nobody understood what happened. Now, his tomb was empty and there were only the linen burial clothes, not as if the body were stolen (John 20:6-7). Now, Jesus was not seen in the grave nor was he seen waking in the grave, but he was seen the day of the Resurrection by Mary Magdalene, ten disciples in the upper room, and on the road to Emmaus.


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