If Jesus remained in the grave, then his followers have no hope. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Christ is risen.
It’s Good Friday today, but we are making our way quickly to Easter — my favorite holiday of the entire year. So why do we celebrate Easter? It’s a great question that takes us back to the very roots of our confession and the basis of our faith. The question arrived recently in the inbox. “Hello, Pastor John! My name is William. I’m a 15-year-old new believer of about seven months. My question is this: What is the importance of Jesus’s resurrection? Since Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins, why does it matter that he rose again? Is it essential for salvation to believe so? I have heard people deny that he physically resurrected, saying he only spiritually resurrected. What difference would this make?”