Easter comes next month so we will be thinking about the resurrection of Jesus. But was it important? Was it necessary? Could we not get by without it?
The resurrection of Jesus has probably received the biggest onslaught to disprove its authenticity than any other event in history. Philosophers, Scholars, scientists, and historians have made immense efforts to explain away the fact of Christ’s resurrection. However, they found the evidence so overwhelming that it resulted in a number of them writing books and papers, outlining their discoveries, and confirming the event. Frank Morison was one of those men. He set out to disprove the resurrection. He finished his research by writing the book Who Moved the Stone, wholeheartedly endorsing—and confirming—the facts of the resurrection.
A well known professor of Classics at Auckland University in New Zealand, E.M.Blaiklock, is quoted as saying, “I claim to be an historian. My approach to Classics is historical. And I tell you that the evidence for the life, the death and the resurrection of Christ is better authenticated than most of the facts of ancient history…”
The resurrection of Christ is a distinct aspect of Christianity. There is no other faith or religion that can claim resurrection for its leader. All other founders, leaders, prophets and gurus have come and gone. Jesus alone rose from the dead just as he predicted and had announced to his disciples.
Without the resurrection our faith would be futile and useless, but with it we have full confidence and assurance, not only concerning our faith, but for a glorious future. Yes, the resurrection was necessary. It was essential!