Why Is Easter So Important?
So each year, we, as Christians, celebrate a day that holds utmost importance to us. It is called Easter or what we more commonly call Resurrection Sunday. And I believe this day in history is the most important event in all history.
For some reason, we don’t talk about this event much, but maybe one time each year. And I think we should talk about it much more. And here is why.
Everyone believes at least three things about Jesus Christ. And by everyone, I mean everyone. Everyone believes that:
- Jesus lived.
- Jesus died.
- The tomb of Jesus was empty.
There is pretty much no person who would disagree with these three points. Even staunch Jews, Muslims, and Atheists agree with these points. They agree Jesus lived, and died, and the tomb of Jesus was empty simply because these three points are facts.
But the one contested issue is always how that tomb ended up empty. And Christians, of course, believe it is because Jesus Christ defeated death by raising himself from the dead. And his resurrection was so important that every message preached to the early church centered on the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ as proof of their faith. Every single message included it.
For some reason, today, we have left the resurrection out of a lot of gospel messages. We talk a lot about the life and the death of Jesus but little about the resurrection. But remember, even atheists and opponents would agree with these tenets of our faith. The dividing issue is that empty tomb and how it got empty.
Now how that tomb got empty is of much debate. And there are a number of theories about how that happened, which I don’t have time to address today. But I will share this one predominant theory that opposes the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s the theory that some Christians, or a group of Christians, stole the body. They devised a plan, snuck in, and stole his body. And while this may sound reasonable, it’s pretty hard to believe. Here is why. Most of Jesus’s followers were scared to death of the religious and political powers of the day. In fact, Jesus’s most ardent supporter, Peter, denied a relationship with Jesus in the final moments of his life and was hiding out in those days that followed his death. In addition, when they arrive to pay their respects at the tomb, they were surprised the body was missing. Add to this that the Roman government had the tomb guarded, sealed, and a massive stone rolled in front of it. And, even if by some great act they were able to steal the body, how were they able to keep it hidden for the last 2000 years? And why would dozens of followers share the message of the resurrection and even die for this message if they knew they had a body in their possession? No one would do that. I know I wouldn’t be willing to die for something I knew to be a lie, nor would I talk about a resurrection publicly if I had a body in my possession.
So let’s back up a second.
Let’s consider another outcome. Let’s set aside all the theories against the resurrection and just entertain what would be compelling evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus did actually raise in bodily form, what would be the most compelling evidence for a risen Lord?
Well, that’s pretty simple. The most compelling evidence would be an eyewitness account. Even today, eyewitness accounts in a court of law are some of the most compelling evidence. And guess what? We have that. In fact, we know that at least around 500 people, or more, were eyewitnesses in Jesus’s day to his bodily resurrection. This is pretty profound and compelling evidence. Yet some people choose to ignore it—mainly because these eyewitness accounts are substantiated in our own covenant. Therefore, they choose to discount it, because they discount the Bible, and they dismiss this as disinformation.
So let’s just say for sake of argument that these 500-plus people were simply crazy nut job Christians who fabricated stories. If that were the case, then what would make for the ultimate eyewitness evidence? Just think about that for a moment. What would be the best-case scenarios for eyewitness evidence? Would not the best eyewitness evidence of the resurrection be from someone who opposed Christ? Someone who was a Roman citizen. Someone who despised Christians. Someone who imprisoned them. Someone who vehemently opposed Jesus Christ witnessed his trial, flogging, and death—of course. That would make for profound evidence.
And guess what we have that witness. His name was Saul.
One day, soon after Jesus’s death, Saul was traveling down a road to Damascus on his way to persecute Christians, nonetheless, and had a confrontation with the risen Lord. Jesus Christ appeared to him. During this appearance, Saul was blinded. In the story, we discover that a Christian named Ananias was told to heal him, but Ananias was terrified. Why? Because Saul was one of the most violent opponents of the Christian faith. But Saul, who became known as Paul, had witnessed the resurrection of Jesus and became one the most ardent messengers of the Christian faith. In fact, many Christians in his day had a hard time believing this for years because Paul was such a hater. But after encountering the risen Lord, Paul ended up becoming the most influential leader in the Christian movement and wrote about two-thirds of the New Testament, basing his entire message on this one thing—the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now I would say that’s some pretty compelling evidence, if not the most compelling evidence for me.
So now given this very compelling evidence, why is the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ so important? And this is a critical question to ask.
It’s important for a number of reasons. First, it’s evidence of God’s unfathomable power over life and death. Second, it’s evidence that God’s story is true, including his prophecies and predictions. Third, it’s evidence that Jesus was God’s Son and the Savior of the world. Fourth, it’s evidence of Jesus’s power over physical and spiritual death including our sin that separated us from a relationship with God. And fifth, it’s the hope we are looking for today.
But here is the problem—physical death is imminent. One out of one still dies. Even Jesus died. We need to address the real issue when it comes to death—the reality of death itself. The innate desire we have to live forever.
So what’s the real issue and problem?
The Bible says the real issue and problem is the disease of sin that stems from our disobedience to God. Listen to what Paul says in Romans.
Romans 6:23 — For the wages of sin is death.
Romans 3:23 — For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Our real issue is not death in this life—that’s imminent. We are all going to die. Our real issue is the sin that leads to death itself. Now sin, is a little bit of a cryptic word, but its meaning is to miss the mark in obedience to God. And it’s this issue that we really need to contend with. The government, health professionals, and the president do not have the solution to this problem—only God does. And his solution was Jesus Christ. The one who lived, died, and proved his power over physical death and also our sin by raising in bodily form for you and me. His resurrection is the ultimate proof that he is the provider for victory over sin and death. And Jesus said this:
John 11:25 — I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.
The solution for our impending death is so simple it’s a little unbelievable. It’s believing that Jesus is the life that gives us life. You see, Jesus is the only real healer and hope-giver. Jesus is the only answer to the problem of death and our desire for life. It is only in him we have any kind of hope over death and sin. If you want life, you have to go to the one who has power over life and death, and that is Jesus Christ.
So today if you are weighed down by sin and death, and you are looking for hope, there is only one who gives it. It’s the Creator of all things. Listen again to Paul, who saw the risen Lord with his own eyes.
Romans 8:11 — If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Today if you are looking for hope beyond death and your sin. Hope over the hopelessness of this life. Then only Jesus provides it. It begins with belief and results in the Spirit of God dwelling in you.
If today is a day you want to make this decision, you can either let me know right here, and I will send you something to help you get started in your relationship with Christ.
And remember—He is risen, he is risen indeed.
34 thoughts on “Why Is Easter So Important?”
He is risen! Thank you Jesus!
Amen, the tomb is empty. Those 4 words are why I think death is the next great adventure. We will live on (and I hope to date my wife again 🙂). I’m not I a rush to see what happens next but I am excited to see and maybe even get to talk with JESUS and GOD and John.
Jesus is with us always!!
Bless is our RISEN LORD who gives Vince His wisdom to share in a well structured description on our faith.
Brothers let us Praise our Living Savior and the joy we have in today’s Easter can be transfer to our daily life for HIS GLORY!
Thank you Pastor Vince.
We celebrate a risen Savior!
Happy Easter, my Brother!
He has Risen!!!!
Using today’s words, Jesus resurrection is the ultimate game changer.
“Truly; He is Risen!”
Thanks for this message, Vince. Very right on.
While listening to this message I am reminded of a member of my Bible study group who posed the idea of where a person searching, should start their walk with Jesus. The answer mostly would be the gospels, but perhaps in all reality they should read Paul’s account, starting with Acts and his conversion.
Vince, thanks for your devotion and love for us all. Especially like the challenge and response, rebuttal style you presented this devotional in. It’s compelling, powerful and presents the information in a digestible and easily understood format. Absolutely agree with one of your respondents: “This ONE thing changed EVERYTHING!”
Good feedback Kenny
Great message. Convincing and powerful explanation. Could you please add me to your list.
Vince, this was your best Devotional, in the 3 years I have been reading them. Thank you. I pray that people may keep the resurrection in their sights every day. Jesus isn’t on the cross and he isn’t in the tomb.
Right on E!
Powerful Vince. Thanks
Right on Tom!
He is risen indeed! Just letting you know also, that I do need more of Him in my life. I’de like to receive more lessons Vince, your teachings help and they are important to me.
Indeed He has….
HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED. Thank you, Lord, for sending Jesus in to redeem us of our transgressions and giving us the opportunity for life with you through Jesus.
Thank you, Vince, for you the message God has given you today.
Jesus has risen he has risen indeed.
Enjoyed the discussion today.
Always have enjoyed the resuration of Jesus, and how he has been a important factor in my life.
I’ll be seeing a friend today whom a gave a tract a couple of weeks ago. Is what you have to send printable? What a perfect week to follow up with him! I’ll be driving him to a jobsite. My instant thought is to print a few of whatever you have, put them in my vehicle, and just act like i hand them out all the time????
He is risen, He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!
Jesus is Risen; Jesus is always with us!! Thanks Vince. J
Vince – Thank you for these devotions. I just came across them and am hooked. You are on point. He is Risen He is Risen Indeed!
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Amen Vince. A perfect message. An everlasting impact for us who make the wise decision to make Christ not only our Savior but our Lord too!
Every bit of time of prayer and time with God helps the Holy Spirit make you into what God desires for you! Amen!
Jesus conquered death as both the Son of God and the Son of Man to enable our eternal life (thank you Oswald Chambers for that devotion this morning). His agony in the garden was the battle to win this amazing gift for us over death (the devil) as the Son of Man. Praise You, Lord Jesus, and help me to remain strong in You until that day I see You face to face. He is risen indeed!!!!
Thank you Brother Vince and Happy Easter to all! May all the world hear His voice and be saved!
Perfect message Vince. Several years ago I heard an Easter sermon that has stuck with me. The theme was: ONE thing changed EVERYTHING. And that one thing was the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Amen brothers!
Nice job, tonight our talk is going to be about double. (Man’s Group at church) I’m going to share this message as part of our study!
Thank You for dedicating this devotional to the center of our belief. Sometimes I am guilty of not keeping the resurrection at the top of my faith. Resurrection is what completes my faith. Thank you for bringing me back to our core. Jesus Lived,
Jesus died, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus is the solution. He is risen. Amen.