Perhaps the best apologetic for the resurrection is found in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. Written less than twenty years after the resurrection itself to people who had access to the eye-witnesses, Paul affirms the historical veracity of the event and then lays out for them - and for us - the deep ramifications of the empty tomb.
Death is unnatural, it is not right. We don’t want to die. We don’t want to see our loved ones die. Society tells us death is normal. Society is wrong. We were never wired to handle loss. That is why grief is so unbearable.
One hundred and fifty years ago people spoke about death and said very little about birth and reproduction. Today, it is just the opposite. It used to be that sex was pornographic and death was not. Today, death is pornographic and sex is not. We are far more squeamish today about death perhaps more than any other generation in history. We do all we can to push death into a corner. All our accomplishments, accolades and awards will someday have to surrender themselves to these two words: “Here lies…” Epicurus, the Greek philosopher frames our fears of death in saying, “What people fear is not that maybe death is annihilation, but perhaps maybe it is not.”
The resurrection confirms our notions that Death is not the final word. The empty tomb has profound consequences to our earthly lives. I want us to consider the wide ranging effect of the resurrection.