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Many of us were raised in churches that didn’t teach great doctrine, so we might not have been taught the importance of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, even while we received it and believed it. But many of us had not seen the urgency of that because it hadn’t been communicated clearly. This leads us to the question: What difference would it have made if Christ had not risen bodily from the dead? What difference would it have made if Jesus’ body was still in the tomb?
It seems like every Easter there is some kind of objection that comes up in popular media. They find some new book that they think should be included in the Bible, or they supposedly find the tomb of Jesus. It’s amazing how much effort the unbelieving world expends in their unbelief, because there is no historical fact that is as well-attested as the fact that Jesus Christ lived, died on a cross, and rose again. Everything hinges on the resurrection. If they can find the tomb of Jesus and authenticate it, then you and I need to throw away our Bibles and just eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die. But the fact is that they will not find the tomb of Jesus Christ with a body in it because He’s in Heaven. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the linchpin, the foundation of our faith. Everything hangs upon it.