What Difference Does It Make If Jesus Was Not Raised?

Easter is celebrated all over the world with all sorts of traditions. In the U.S., 1/3 of holiday candy sold on a yearly basis is Easter candy. But in the midst of all of the fun and traditions, something is obviously missing. What if that’s all there is to it – bunnies, eggs and candy?

For Christians, the heart of Easter is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The empty tomb that once held the dead body of Jesus Christ is the Christian’s primary Easter symbol. But what if Christians are wrong? What if Jesus really did not rise from the dead? What if he stayed dead? Would it make any difference? Could believers go on believing in and following Jesus?

The short and easy answer is ‘No’. The apostle Paul takes it one step further and describes Christian faith without the resurrection: pitiful.

What difference does it make if Jesus did not rise from the dead?
Are Christians a people to be pitied?