How did Christianity survive the crucifixion of Jesus? In Matthew 28:15 it says, “So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today.”
Jesus died and the Romans spread the rumor that his followers stole the body of Jesus. Wouldn’t that have been enough to squash this insignificant following that, just a couple days prior, fled the scene during Jesus’ arrest? Jesus is killed in front of everyone, His followers have no clear leader to replace Jesus, and now the word on the street is that the disciples took His body.
So how did this new faith survive? How did it go from 120 followers to over 3,000 on one day, a month after the crucifixion?
Two reasons: the resurrection and love. Jesus reappeared on the scene after his death. He proved that He came from God, by raising Himself from the dead. He promised to give His followers the same power. And then He did leave. But His followers were filled with power and they loved everyone, even their enemies.
Christianity, for all of its shortcomings (which are directly linked to our own misinterpretations of Christ’s teaching), is head and shoulder above all other religions because of its leader. Jesus is incomparable: His teachings, His sacrifice, His identity, His sending of the Holy Spirit to us, His ressurection. Regardless of how distorted the message has gotten, this one truth remains constant and trumps all others: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died and rose again for me and for you! What you do with Jesus, will determine everything about this life and the one to come.