1. If Jesus was not resurrected from the dead, the Christian religion is a worthless enterprise.
The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that their faith was in vain if Christ was not raised. Furthermore, they were of all men to be most pitied if it was not true (1 Cor. 15:1–19). The bodily resurrection of Jesus is essential to all other truth claims concerning the New Testament.
2. If he was raised from the dead, Jesus has the authority from God that he claimed.
Jesus’ resurrection was the vindicating evidence of his right to rule over all. Paul preached this glorious message in Athens:
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by [the Christ] whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. (Acts 17:30–31)
3. Resurrection is a new mode of life in a glorified physical body.
After being resurrected, Jesus had a physical body (Luke 24:43). Believers will also have physical, resurrected bodies since Christ is the firstfruits of those who belong to him (1 Cor. 15:20–23). The new bodies of believers will also be imperishable and raised in glory (1 Cor. 15:42–43).
4. The best explanation of Jesus’ resurrection is the testimony found in the Bible.
Even though other explanations have been put forth, including the developmental legend, the hallucination theory, and the swoon theory, the biblical account remains the best explanation of Jesus’ resurrection. The other theories continually fail to account for the empty tomb, the behavior of the apostles, and their early writings. The earliest enemies of Christianity attest to all these evidentiary problems.
5. If Christ was resurrected, the biblical account demands a response.
Because Christ Jesus has been raised there is therefore now no condemnation for those who respond to his call in faith and repentance (Rom. 8:1). If the resurrection is true, then what Christ said concerning the importance of who he was and his coming demands our response (Acts 17:31). Those who are found in Christ will never be separated from God's love (Rom. 8:39).