Easter celebrates Jesus being alive which means that death has lost its sting and has no ultimate victory (1 Corinthians 15:55). Easter recognises the empty tomb and therefore what Christ’s Resurrection gives to us now. We are not saved from problems when we receive the gift of eternal life, but we can live victoriously here on Earth by living from the perspective of our eternal destiny and the new identity that this gives us. This is accessible, believable and defendable and when we accept it for ourselves we are all the better for it.
Those who continue with the preposterous notion that the Resurrection is a fable or a metaphor, rather than a historical fact, do so on the basis of its seeming impossibility. The Bible asks us to accept that God performs staggering miracles throughout its pages and that this is yet another. However, those who look for proof often won’t accept that which is shown to them.
The Bible has been proved historically reliable by archaeology which only confirms its content. It has been shown to have remarkable prophetic accuracy by foretelling dozens of details of Christ’s life that were in circulation before He appeared. Witnesses to His Resurrection were plentiful, unable to be discredited, and people who were also willing to die for Him and for the belief in what they saw.
Christ’s Resurrection places the responsibility upon us to deal with its implications for our own life and this is the point of the empty tomb of Easter. It asks what we will do about it and fence-sitting is no option.
If the writings of Scripture so thoroughly point to and depend upon the Resurrection, then Christianity is clearly pointless without it. And if the Resurrection can be attested as factual beyond all reasonable doubt, then we are required to yield any self-sufficiency to Christ’s lordship of our lives in which we live differently because we live in light of what the Resurrection has empowered us to become; we live as Christ’s proactive and passionate ambassadors.
In all this, we are not just a better version of ourselves or even better than others, we’re really just better off, transformed from the inside out! And this outworks in us the victory won on that first Easter Sunday.