For Christians, the resurrection is the belief that Jesus came back to life three days after he died on the cross. The Gospel of Matthew (28:1–10) includes a detailed account of how Jesus’ followers discovered that he had been resurrected:
like dead men.
Belief in the resurrection is central to Christianity. It shows that Jesus defeated death, and it is considered by many Christians to be proof of life after death. Many Christians also think of Jesus’ resurrection as evidence of God’s omnipotent and omnibenevolent nature.
In his letters to the Corinthians, St Paul aims to convince people of Jesus’ resurrection and emphasises how important this belief is. He explains that he himself saw Jesus after his resurrection, and he also tells how Jesus appeared to the apostles and over 500 other people (1 Corinthians 15:3–8).