Yesterday, Christians around the world celebrated Easter, the holiday dedicated to remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection is an essential claim for those who, like the Apostle Paul, think that the Christian faith depends on the truth of this event:
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died (1 Corinthians 15:12-20, NRSV).
Today, I want to discuss one reason that the resurrection is significant for Christians, because I think it is one that we often either ignore, or at least neglect.