I have written about the central importance of the resurrection of Jesus many times, but I come back to it again. Nothing could be more important. Of this Paul, was crystal clear in his writing.
If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain;
If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins;
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are evolved people most to be pitied;
If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”;
What you sow does not come to life until you die.
These are all statements made by Paul in his first letter to the people in Corinth. These statements underscore and highlight the importance of the resurrection in Christian thought.
Jesus is the center of the Christian faith, and the gospel is at the center of Christianity and the resurrection is at the center of the Gospel. If Jesus was not raised from the dead, everything falls apart. The claims of Christianity are bankrupt because they rise or fall on this one point.
If Jesus was raised from the dead, Jesus is who he said he was and no other event in human history is more significant; no religion or philosophy lays a claim to hope in the present and the future like words of Jesus. Jesus truly is the “light of men” and the “bread of life”.