Once again, my wife dragged me to church on Easter this year. I don't want to offend you, but how can anyone believe that Jesus died and then came back to life again? I'm a doctor, and believe me -- once a person is dead, it's all over. — K.J.
Let me assure you that people 2,000 years ago knew that death was final just as much as you do -- if not more so, since death in those days wasn't hidden behind hospital doors. Job's question still echoes across the centuries: "If a man dies, will he live again?" (Job 14:14).But that's why the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so important -- because nothing like it ever happened before, or will ever happen again until the end of time. Christ's resurrection from the dead sets Him apart from every other person who ever lived -- and it could only have happened if God intervened and made it happen. And that's precisely what took place! The Bible says that Christ "was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead" (Romans 1:4).
Did it happen? It may interest you to know that one of the Gospels that tells us about Jesus' resurrection was written by a man named Luke -- who was a doctor. If anyone knew that dead people don't come back to life it was Luke -- but he had weighed the evidence, and he knew Jesus Christ was alive. And so can you.
Why is Jesus' resurrection important? It is important because it gives us hope -- hope that sin's power has been erased, and death and Hell and Satan have been conquered. Don't turn your back on Christ any longer, but open your heart and life to His transforming power.