Why Is the Resurrection Important?

Compelling Reasons for Believing in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Empty Garden Tomb
The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. Steve Allen / Getty Images

The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem is believed to be the burial place of Jesus. 2,000 years after his death, followers of Christ still flock to see the empty tomb, one of the strongest proofs that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. But, have you ever wondered why the resurrection is so important?

This event -- the resurrection of Jesus Christ -- is the most important happening of all time. It is the crux, you might say, of the Christian faith. The very foundation of all Christian doctrine hinges on the truth of this account.

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

Jesus said of himself, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." (John 11:25-26, NKJV)

The Apostle Paul said, "For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless." (1 Corinthians 15:13-14, NLT)

If the resurrection of Jesus Christ did not happen, then the ​apostles were all fakes and everyone throughout history who has ever testified of Christ's power is a liar. If the resurrection did not happen, then Jesus Christ has no dominion over life and death, and we remain lost in our sin, destined to die. Our faith is useless.

As Christians, however, we know we worship a risen Savior. The Spirit of God within us testifies, "He lives!" At Easter time we celebrate the fact that Jesus died, was buried and rose from the grave as recorded in Scripture.

Perhaps you're still skeptical, doubting the importance of the resurrection. In that case, here are seven solid proofs to support the biblical account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.