This Sunday is Easter and with it occasionally my mind goes back to a professor in seminary who claimed it would not matter to him whether Christ had risen from the dead or not. Either way, he said he would still be a better person and the world a better place.
While there is a partial truth to his statement in that we and the world are still better, where he was wrong though is that the resurrection experience means everything to us as Christians.
Without the resurrection there is no such thing as Christianity.
Without the resurrection Jesus would have been buried in the history pages probably as a rabbi with delusions of grandeur.
Without the resurrection death has not been defeated.
However, the fact is, He has risen as prophesied by the Psalmist, as promised by Jesus himself and witnessed by many others.
Yes - He has risen and with it – that which we fear most – death has been conquered and because He lives we too through faith have life.