Paul L. Maier, Professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University, observes: 'If all the evidence is weighed carefully and fairly, it is indeed justifiable, according to the cannons of historical research, to conclude that the sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, in which Jesus was buried, was actually empty (Jesus was resurrected) on the morning of the first Easter. And no thread of evidence has yet been discovered in literary sources, epigraphy, or archaeology that would disprove this statement.'
The empty tomb is a silent testimony to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that has never been refuted to this day.
One man who was highly skilled at dealing with evidence was Dr. Simon Greenleaf. He was the famous Royal Professor of Law at Harvard University and succeeded Justice Joseph Story at the Dane Professor of Law in the same university. The rise of Harvard school of Law to its eminent position among the legal schools of the United States is to be ascribed to the efforts of these two men. Greenleaf produced his famous three-volume, A treatise on the Law of Evidence, which still is considered one the greatest single authorities on this subject in the entire literature of legal procedure.
Greenleaf examined the value of the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ to ascertain the truth. He applied the principles contained in his three-volume treatise on evidence. His findings were recorded in his book, An examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the courts of Justice.
Greenleaf came to the conclusion that according to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.