Q. I was in Church on Palm Sunday sitting next to my brother. I heard the Pastor make a statement that John the Baptist was resurrected. My brother and I looked at each other and both of us said, “I didn’t know that.” Is there any scriptural evidence to back this up? I left this particular church awhile back because of many doctrinal statements this pastor has made that I was in disagreement with. I’m wondering if this is yet another one.
A. As far as I’ve been able to determine, there is no Biblical evidence of John’s resurrection. Theoretically, he could have been among those who came out of their graves at the time of the Lord’s death (Matt. 27:52-53) but none of them were mentioned by name. They were simply referred to as “many holy people.”
The rumor that John had been resurrected apparently originated with Herod, who upon hearing reports about Jesus, speculated that He was John the Baptist risen from the dead (Matt. 14:1-2). We know that could not be true, since both of them had been alive at the same time.