It is a common assertion by non-believers that the disciples of Jesus stole His body from the tomb. It sounds possible until you research the lives of the disciples. There are several aspects of the followers of Christ, the believers in Jesus and His Word.
First, you must remember that on the night of the Jesus’ arrest they didn’t fathom that He was going to die! They didn’t know He was going to be raised from the dead.
Read John 13: 36-37 (NASB)
36 Simon Peter *said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.” 37 Peter *said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.”
They were at a loss and surprised not knowing what to think when they saw the empty tomb, not knowing that Jesus has risen.
Read John 20: 8-9 (NASB)
8 So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. 9 For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
Also, these men were incredibly honest individuals that were afraid of the Jewish authorities as attested by them hiding away.
Read John 20: 19
19 So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews.
It simply does not make sense that these men could have stolen from a tomb that was strongly guarded. To the end of their lives, they did not say it was a hoax, in fact, they went to their deaths martyred and tortured. You would think that they would have confessed to avoid such a fate.
If the body was stolen, where was is taken? How would the “thieves” get around the heavily guarded entrance to the tomb? If the Roman Army located His body, don’t you think that it would be paraded around the city proclaiming a false Messiah?
The answer is that Jesus the Son of Man was raised from the dead after three days. There were eyewitnesses to His risen body.
Read John 20: 19-23 (NASB)
19 So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and *said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”
Fall to your knees! Jesus Christ is King!