Unlike Christmas we know exactly when the Resurrection happened. With the birth of Christ there has been a lot of guessing by historians and theologians. The only thing we are pretty sure of is that it is probably not December 25th. But with Easter it is an entirely different matter. While only two of the Gospels mention the birth of Jesus, all of them record His death, burial and resurrection.
We also know when the Crucifixion and the resurrection happened because they occur in conjunction with the Jewish Passover. God told the Hebrews exactly when they would celebrate that each year (Leviticus 23). Why is this so important? Because births are normal; they happen every day. In fact, there are about 4 births every second worldwide; 360,000 a day and 131 million per year. Births are normal, resurrections not so much.
If there was a resurrection – I’m not counting someone brought back to life in the ER — but a bona fide dead for three days laying in the morgue resurrection . . . well that would be news. That would need to be documented to be believed. That is so out of the ordinary that without an evidentiary process no one would believe it.
So what did God do for us? He made sure that we could know exactly when it happened. We have four historically proven writings by eyewitnesses to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. First Corinthians 15 adds another 500 witnesses. These were not just fervent followers, but included skeptics like his half-brother James and the antagonist and persecutor Saul (who would become the Apostle Paul).
So there you have it. Christmas is important because without it there is no Easter, but the Resurrection, that is the bedrock of faith in Christ. Easter eggs and bunnies are fun, but don’t miss the significance of this powerful truth . . . there is a resurrection!