What the Resurrection Does
The single most significant assertion made in the NT is that Jesus rose from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is, arguably, the greatest miracle that ever occurred. The resurrection is what sets NT Christianity apart from all other faiths. Without the resurrection of Christ, Christianity cannot exist. Paul asserts that Jesus’ resurrection is of “first importance” (1 Cor 15:3). If Jesus really did rise from the dead, then everything Christianity teaches must be true. Someone has rightly asserted that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the linchpin of the Christian faith.
When we speak of the resurrection, we are talking about the fact that Jesus physically, literally, and historically rose from the dead. Some people think of the resurrection of Jesus as little more than a religious story. It’s a legend or a myth, a parable that was tacked on to the story about Jesus. But that’s not what we are saying. We believe the resurrection is a historical fact, perhaps the most significant historical event that ever happened.
So the resurrection is a major event, and it’s right for us to mark the occasion. In fact, we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection every Lord’s Day. We attend church services on Sunday in recognition of the resurrection.
The resurrection is worth celebrating because of what it does. The resurrection did some incredible things for Jesus, it does some wonderful things for believers, and it even does some things for unbelievers.