“WHY IS THE RESURRECTION SO IMPORTANT?”
“But what saith it?  The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved.”   (Romans 10:8-9)
      It may seem like an unbelievable thing to actually believe that someone, who was actually dead, was raised again to live and never again experience the sting of death.  That is just what many people conclude in their thinking today.  They say that it is humanly impossible for a dead person to be raised to life again.  And they are right, it is humanly impossible, but not with God.  “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).  Jesus Himself was constantly confronted by a religious group that did not believe in a resurrection of any kind; they were known as Sadducees.  Of course, the non-religious person in any age will always question such a miracle.
     There are three major religions that had their beginning from men of whom people regarded as no less than a god or a divine messenger from God.  Buddha Shakyamuni was born as a royal prince in 624 B.C. in a place called Lumbini, which was originally in northern India.  However, eighty years later in 544 B.C., Buddha Shakyamuni was laid to rest and his remains cremated, never to live again.  
      Confucius was born in 551 B.C.  He felt that people were naturally good, but needed education and good examples set by their superiors to keep them that way.  His teachings stressed a set of ethical rules based on five basic relationships or moral bonds.  He was laid to rest in 479 B.C., never to live again, yet his followers regarded him as nothing less than a god of good will.  
      In A.D. 570, Mohammed was born in Makkah (Mecca).  Forty years later, he claimed he had a vision from God and the angel Gabriel visited him and gave him information from which the Koran (Islamic Holy Book) was written.  In 632 A.D., the prophet Mohammed was laid to rest in Madinah (now Medina in Saudi Arabia), never to live again.
      More than 2,000 years ago, a Man was born contrary to the laws of life.  He lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity.  His travels were limited to within the country He lived in.  His ministry was brief in human years, but even then He performed miracles that were reserved only for God.  Death was no match for Him; demons feared Him and disease disappeared with His touch; religious men rejected Him; and government officials were perplexed because of Him.  He once proclaimed, speaking of His body, “…destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19)  Without His resurrection, we would have no basis for faith.  Repeatedly the Bible tells us that in order to be saved, a person must  “. . .believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)  Without the resurrection there is no salvation.
                                                                                                                                                              Pastor H. Preston Parker