I love Easter Sunday. What a joy it is to celebrate and center ourselves on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This morning I taught middle and high school students on the evidence for and significance of the resurrection. I opened with this question and statement:
Is Jesus dead? All of Christianity depends upon this question. If Jesus is dead, Christianity is dead along with Him. But if He is alive, then those who follow Him are made alive with Him!
Everything we believe as Christians hinges on the resurrection of Jesus. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17, if Christ is still dead then our faith is futile and we are still dead in our sins.
Here are some questions to consider when it comes to the resurrection of Jesus (thanks to Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill in Seattle):
If Jesus is dead, why did his followers no longer fear death & suffer martyrdom boldly trusting they would rise one day?
If Jesus is dead, why do we not know where he is buried as dozens of “holy men” had enshrined tombs in that day?
If Jesus is dead, how can we explain why the first Christians starting practicing baptism to show death, burial, & resurrection?
If Jesus is dead, how can we explain why early Christians stopped worshiping on the Saturday Sabbath & instead changed to Sunday, the day Jesus rose?