5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”
The women went to the tomb that Sunday morning only to find that Jesus was not there. His body was gone, and the young man (apparently that is how the angel appeared) told the that Jesus had risen.
This event, Christ’s rising from the dead is the basis of our faith.
If Christ had not risen, we would not have what the New Testament declares is most important. The gospel would be pointless. Christ would not have secured complete victory over death for us.
But Christ has risen from the dead. Our sins are covered by his blood. He has won the ultimate victory over Satan, sin and death. We can be confident he represents us before the Father and is seated at his right hand.
The German scholar Rudolf Bultmann left an interesting legacy on the pages of 20th Century theology. He once actually said: “If the bones of the dead Jesus were discovered tomorrow in a Palestinian tomb, all the essentials of Christianity would remain unchanged.” The writers of the gospels would disagree.