By every indication, Easter is the Sunday of the year that more people attend church than any other. All around, people stop to acknowledge the single most significant Event in the history of the world, the Resurrection of Christ. Because of the Resurrection, hell is defeated, death is vanquished, eternl life is possible. How important is the resurrection?
It has been suggested that Jesus Christ was either who He said He was, “Lord”, or He was a liar, or a lunatic. One of those three choices exhausts our options. If He died on a cross, and His body lay rotting in the ground, then it was not at all true. He was either deceived himself, or He was intentionally deceiving others. But if in fact He was resurrected from the dead, then He is Lord of all and deserves our utmost devotion.
Of all the major religions of the world, only four center around a pesonality. Judaism traces its origin to Abraham, who died. Never has Judaism claimed a resurrection of Abraham. Buddhists have never claimed a resurrection. Mohammed died June 8, 632 in Medina and thousands visit His grave every year. Only Christianity is founded upon one single Event in time and space, the Resurrection.
Two things stand out for me. One is the testimony of the eyewitnesses. How else can you explain the transformation of the eleven from whimpering cowards into bold testifiers of the glory of the Risen Christ? How do you explain the transformation of the man, Saul of Tarsus? The other matter I find so intriguing is the fact that the opponents of Christ find it essential to offer an explanation of the empty tomb. History verifies that Jesus Christ’s body was not there on that morning.
Jesus is alive. SO He is Lord. And because He is alive, we can be born again. We can be forgiven of our sins. We can have eternal life. We can live in victory over sin. Hallelujah. He is Risen. He is Risen indeed.