I read that Jesus didn't really die, but only appeared to be dead.
No, there isn’t any truth in this; not one shred of evidence supports it. Even the enemies of Jesus who had crucified Him had no doubt that He was dead, and the Roman governor put armed guards on His tomb to ensure no one could steal His body.
Throughout the centuries, however, people who deny that Jesus rose from the dead have come up with all kinds of theories to “explain” His resurrection. They know that if He did rise from the dead (as the Bible says), then Jesus was indeed who He said He was: the divine Son of God, sent from heaven to save us from our sins. They also know that if Jesus rose from the dead, then His words are true: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
But because they refuse to believe in Jesus or submit their lives to His authority, they try to explain away His resurrection—in spite of the evidence. Don’t be misled by their inventions! The Bible is clear: Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried and on the third day rose from the dead. Hundreds saw Him after the resurrection—and their lives were changed as a result.
Why is Jesus’ resurrection so important? For one thing, it confirms that Jesus was the Son of God, our Saviour. More than that, by His resurrection Jesus conquered death, and this gives us hope for life beyond the grave. Is your hope in Him?