If the resurrection is true, then miracles are possible; however, if miracles are not possible, then there would most certainly not have been a resurrection. And if the resurrection is only a mere fable, then the whole Christian faith collapses like a house of cards!
There was a prominent Episcopalian preacher and author who denied miracles, the virgin birth, and the resurrection, all the while professing to be a “Christian” and having the audacity to say Christianity must change. Yet, even a well-known atheist, who was very antagonistic towards the Christian faith, understood that one cannot be a Christian and deny the resurrection at the same time.
My purpose here is not to try to prove the resurrection or to point to the evidence thereof. There are plenty of great men doing this. Rather, I want to declare the necessity of the resurrection. There are a number of preachers and authors in “pop Christianity” and liberal churches who deny crucial tenets of the Christian faith, but who still want to deceptively wave the Christian banner.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not only that He died for our sins, but that He also rose from the dead! Paul writes to the believers in Corinth, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). As Paul continues, he notes that if there is no resurrection, then Christ has not risen, and if He has not risen then our faith is futile. Furthermore, he and the other apostles are found to be liars as they have been proclaiming the resurrection, and it there is no resurrection we are still condemned in our sins (see vs. 12-19).
Christianity is not about a bunch of pointless rituals, but is about having a relationship with the living God through His Son who literally died in the flesh and literally rose from the dead.
If you do not believe in the resurrection, then you do not believe in the gospel. If you do not believe in the gospel, then you are not a Christian.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).