Many Christians refer to Easter Sunday as Resurrection Sunday. We know that Easter Sunday is celebrated because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead thus proving His claim to be the Son of God.

During His earthly ministry, He often claimed that He was God in the flesh and that He would be killed but would rise from the dead three days later. He claimed that one must believe in Him to be saved from our sins and to get into Heaven.

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Jesus was not politically correct in His day. Imagine someone today going on Facebook and claiming to be the Son of God. Saying that the only way to Heaven is through him. I think we know the answer to that. Like Jesus, it may get you killed. At the very least you would be mocked.

Even though Jesus had many believers and followers in His day, He also had to contend with the religious of His day, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. The Pharisees plotted against Jesus to have Him killed. It only brought about victory in the end because Jesus had to fulfill scripture that said He would be betrayed, crucified and would be raised from the dead.

If Jesus was on Earth today, I know many would feel He and His followers are intolerant. Yet the fact that Jesus claims to be the Son of God is the very basis of the Christian faith. Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday is critical to the story because it is proof that Jesus is who He says He is, the Son of God.

The apostle Paul writes about the fact of Christ’s resurrection in 1 Corinthians chapter 15. Paul tells us that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures.

He also lets us know that after His death He was seen by the disciples and at one point over 500 people at once. It’s important to note that most of the 500 to whom Jesus appeared were still alive when Paul wrote this letter. Paul also claims to have seen Jesus, only the risen Jesus did not appear to Paul until after the ascension.

Why is the resurrection so important, thus causing us to celebrate on Easter Sunday?

The apostle Paul lays this out for us in 1 Corinthians chapter 15. He says that if there is no resurrection then Christ is not risen. If Jesus did not raise from the dead, then all our preaching is empty. It would also make them a false witness. Paul lets us know that if Christ is not risen our faith is futile and we are still in our sins.

For the believer, the resurrection is crucial, for without it we are hopeless. I believe Jesus is who He said He is and I, with millions of others worldwide, plan to celebrate His death, burial and resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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