Easter Evidence: The Empty Tomb (The Faith Explained)

The podcast episode of The Faith Explained with Cale Clarke delves into the evidence supporting the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Cale discusses the “Minimal Facts” argument popularized by Dr. Gary Habermas, a leading expert on the resurrection. You can get the whole episode here! These facts, supported by almost 3,500 scholarly sources, include:

Jesus died by crucifixion.

The tomb of Jesus was found empty on Easter Sunday morning.

The disciples believed that Jesus physically rose from the dead and appeared to them.

Saul the Pharisee, who became Paul the Apostle, experienced a significant conversion and became a prominent figure in spreading Christianity.

James, Jesus’ skeptical relative, became the head of the Jerusalem church and eventually a martyr for Christ.

Cale Clarke discusses non-Christian sources, such as Flavius Josephus, Tacitus, Lucian of Samosata, and the Talmud, which corroborate the crucifixion of Jesus and his existence. He says that these sources authenticate Jesus’ historical presence and refute claims that he was a fictional character.

Cale focuses on the second fact—the empty tomb—acknowledging some scholarly disputes but emphasizing strong implications in St. Paul’s writings. He analyzes a creed in 1 Corinthians 15, which likely predates Paul’s letter and was passed down from the earliest Christian community. This creed, believed to have originated shortly after Jesus’ death, supports the belief in the empty tomb and witnesses to the proximity of early Christian testimony to the historical events.


Through historical evidence and scholarly analysis, Cale presents a compelling case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, rooted in both Christian and non-Christian sources.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.