Why Easter matters

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People who only attend church once a year usually choose Easter Sunday. It’s ironic, because this is the service where we celebrate the one claim about Christ that most people have difficulty really believing: His resurrection from the dead. In our culture, there’s widespread acceptance of the fact that Jesus existed, that He taught nice things about how to live, and that He died on a Roman cross.  But people stumble over the assertion that He rose from the dead three days after His execution.

The resurrection is often treated like a legend, like Santa Claus. It’s fun to play along, pretending that it happened.  But most people don’t take it seriously or give time to consider what a resurrection really means. Our cultural practice of Easter seems to be—celebrate an old truth for a day, then live the rest of the year as if it’s a myth.

But this doesn’t work. There are three reasons why Easter matters more than just one day a year.

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First, Easter matters because the resurrection is central to Christianity. In his letter to the Corinthian church,

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