My ten-year-old daughter, Rachel Scott, just finished reading the New Testament. Instead of giving up something for Lent, she decided to add a new daily routine: she planned a 40 day reading schedule that would cover the entire New Testament. Each night she sat in our bed and read; it was quite encouraging to see her do it day after day.
Occasionally I would ask what stood out in her reading? A couple of weeks ago she was reading through the Book of Acts and mentioned how much the disciples talked about the Resurrection. Her comment to me is another proof among so many that the Resurrection happened. It is quite astounding how much the Resurrection dominates the early preaching of Peter and Paul. The followers of Christ just couldn't stop talking about the Resurrection - it was the Center of History. One of the more interesting historical questions revolves around trying to understand how, in just two or three generations, Christianity supplanted the incredible Classical Culture of the Greco-Roman world. The most obvious answer is that the Resurrection did happen.
As Dr. Matthew Barrett comments: "The Resurrection of Christ is the basis for future hope. How practical Christ's Resurrection is! It is precisely because Christ has been raised, we can tell those looking into the casket of their loved ones that this is not the end of the story. Since Christ has been raised, we are those who can look death in the face knowing that it has no final victory, no lasting sting."
"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" 1 Corinthians 15:54-55,58
Because Christ is risen, we, as those who are in Christ, have every assurance that our labor in sharing this gospel of the risen Christ is not pointless or without purpose, but will matter for all eternity. Therefore, do not forget that the Resurrection of Christ changes everything. Without it, we have no gospel, no salvation, no saving message, and certainly no future hope.
Glorify God and enjoy Him forever,