CS Lewis was right: if Christianity is true, it is of the utmost importance, if it is not true, it is of no importance. It cannot be moderately important!
The linchpin is what happened at Easter.
Luke (24) tells the story of Easter morning first through the eyes of several women who went to the tomb of Jesus. He tells us what they found, what they heard and what they did.
- What did the women find? They found that the stone was rolled away and that the body of Jesus was not there. Might they have gone to the wrong tomb? Possibly, since it was dark; but Luke makes it clear that they had observed the place where the Lord had been buried and we know that others (like Peter) went to take a look for themselves. Peter not only saw the tomb, he saw the burial cloths. Any mistake by the women could have been corrected. As for the theory that the body had been stolen by the disciples, would it not have been straightforward for the authorities to investigate them and recover the body?
- What did the women hear? They heard ‘two men in dazzling apparel’ speak to them with the news that Jesus was in fact not here, he had risen. Everything had happened as he had told them it would: betrayal, crucifixion, and now resurrection.
- What did the women do? They went off to tell Jesus’ disciples what they had found. No one was expecting the news. The women might as well have been hallucinating. But it was true.
And the story went on. Soon not only was there an empty tomb, Jesus himself appeared. Not as a figment of someone’s imagination but as a man who ate a piece of fish. The empty tomb along with the appearance of Jesus and the transformed lives of his disciples all point to the news that ‘Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.’