The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Without a doubt, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in the Christian faith. Jesus' walk out of the tomb is THE reason we believe what we believe. The Christian Faith is often associated with good behavior, God's judgement on mankind, and a wide variety of do's and don'ts which create a conservative agenda.
But in reality, all that matters not if Jesus didn't walk out of the tomb.
The Resurrection of Jesus is the linchpin on which all Christian thought turns.
1.) He Forgave Sins
The crucifixion of Jesus was the moment when God's wrath was taken upon His Son for all mankind. "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21
The sacrifice Jesus gave to the world was instrumental in the entire Biblical narrative. From the days of Exodus, the sacrifice for sins had to be made to God as a sign of repentance from all of humanity. Jesus became the sacrifice for us to forgive us so we could stand righteous before God.
2.) His death was a unifier with humankind
The gospel writers take time to show Jesus' temptation in the wilderness which allowed for our own connection with God. Just like we are tempted with sin every day, Jesus was also tempted.
They take time to detail Jesus' hunger, just like we get hungry.
They detail his pain over sorrow, as we are sad when death reigns in our world.
But ultimately, as Jesus endured the last experience of humanity, mainly death; he experienced all the phases of life we all face.
It was the moment in the Jesus narrative which separates His ministry on this earth from every other religion in existence. No other faith makes a claim of gods death to rescue humanity from itself, other than the narrative in the Bible. Its the differential making Christianity stand on it's own two feet.
3.) Jesus' Resurrection
Upon Jesus' death, not only was He made to know sin for our forgiveness, or experience death as he can relate to all phases of humanity, the Resurrection of Jesus tells His followers death is a temporary thing.
For many other faiths, death is the end, or a gateway to another life. But Jesus demonstrates to the world His death was only a day, and then the physical and spiritual life will be united again so living becomes an eternal issue.
Paul says it like this, "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
This is the day the world changed forever as God began his reconciliation work on the day His son walked out of the tomb.
May we celebrate this day as the keystone of our faith.