But I am wondering how a person can identify themselves as a follower of Jesus Christ and not believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. They are out there – the people who buy into salvation and new life in Christ but coming back from the dead is a little over the top! So apparently Easter means nothing to these people. What will they be celebrating when they dress up and come to church this Sunday?
Here is my take on the issue: It is completely futile to put your faith in a dead man’s ability to raise you from the dead. It doesn’t matter that Jesus died for you if He is still in His grave. There is no redemption in His death unless He resurrected.
The resurrection of Jesus from the grave is THE MOST central concept of our faith. If Jesus did not resurrect, we remain dead in our sin. Paul said, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. “ 1 Corinthians 15:14-15 (NIV)
So, take the leap. Put your faith in what God says. Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and resurrected from the dead. He is alive and is coming again. And everyone who follows Him is alive!
That’s what Easter is all about.