Christianity hinges on one person: Jesus of Nazareth. Not only the idea of the man, but a real person who lived in history as you and I do. The Christian message is one that says that this same Jesus not only taught about God and His love for us, but demonstrated it by dying on a cross and then rising to life three days later. This is one thing that sets Christianity apart from most (if not all) other religions: if it can be proved that Jesus never rose from the dead (resurrection) then the Christian faith is worthless. As the Apostle Paul states,
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Corinthians 15:13-19
So the resurrection of Jesus is something that really must be explored buy all people. It is common in my experience for people to accept or reject the resurrection having never really look openly at the evidence. Don’t let yourself be one of them.
I’d like to suggest two resources for you to begin (or deepen) your search with this Easter weekend:
- What is the evidence for the resurrection?: A blog-post over at psephizo where Ian Paul looks at the well attested facts and encourages you to look at the most plausible explaination.
- Hinge: a Ten-part podcast where an atheist and christian pastor look at who Jesus is and the evidence for His life. It’s a brilliant listen and, if you are open to it, one you will find both encouraging and challenging (for christians and non-christians alike!)
May you have a wonderful Easter, and know happiness and joy beyond anything chocolates can bring.