Of all the things we know about Jesus, what is the most important thing? I contend that it is the significance of the resurrection. It is the absolute foundation of my belief; everything else is based on this. And I hold this basis in common with other believers.
The Resurrection of Jesus
The resurrection of Jesus energized his frightened and disappointed followers. The resurrection of Jesus demonstrates that he is more than just a teacher. The resurrection of Jesus demonstrates his power over death and secures our own future resurrections.
The resurrection of Jesus is what causes me to pay attention to Jesus so intently. It guides my entire life and leads me to believe and accept the wonderful things he says about the Father. More than the cross, itself, I see the significance of the resurrection.
I believe strongly in Jesus, but I do not subscribe to a lot of the baggage that has been attached to his message. Because of this, many believers dismiss me as a deluded Christian (or worse) because I don’t think the Father punishes anyone in a torturous burning fire, or because I don’t think homosexuality is a sin, or because I don’t think Adam is an historical figure.
I’m not complaining; disagreements don’t bother me. But these issues, important as they are, are small compared to the resurrection of Jesus. We believers share this important belief, and I am ready to take communion with, or wash the feet of, anyone who believes in Jesus and his resurrection. The resurrection is central to the story of Jesus, which brings me to what is perhaps my favorite song of all time.
Jesus’ Followers Were in Despair
The followers of Jesus had high expectations of him and anticipated amazing accomplishments. They believed he was going to do something remarkable and of great importance. Then suddenly he was dead. He was captured and killed by the establishment—the same as every other popular movement leader of those Roman times.
Not only that, but his followers went into hiding to avoid the same fate. They were afraid and depressed. Fearfully, they awaited a dreaded knock at the door, but more than that they felt deep despair in that everything they lived and worked for was gone in a matter of hours. All their exalted hopes had come to nothing.
No person I know of has captured that moment better than Don Francisco. I can listen to his song repeatedly and it always gives me chills. Hear what he says:
The Resurrection Changed Everything
Jesus was dead…and now HE’S ALIVE! He defeated death and brings us eternal life!