My second fact to present to decide whether or not the resurrection of Jesus is fact or fiction is the empty tomb.
Three reasons offered as proof:
1. The Jerusalem factor. He was publicly executed (as we proved in the first fact) and buried in Jerusalem. Then that is exactly where his resurrection was first proclaimed. In order for that to have happened his body could not have been in the tomb b/c his Roman and Jewish enemies only would have had to visit the tomb to prove it wrong.
2. His enemies response. They acknowledged the empty tomb. Justin and Tertullian reported that the Jewish leadership were claiming that the disciples had stolen the body to account for the missing corpse which proves the tomb was empty.
3. Claims of Resurrection suggests an empty tomb. If they had only meant Jesus was still alive in a Spiritual sense, the term resurrection would not have been used as that term means bringing the corpse back to life.
Ok...that's fact number two. Any rebuttals with proof that the tomb was not empty?