The women were breathless and terrified, until the angel said to them, “There’s no reason to be afraid. I know you’re here looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here – He has risen victoriously, just as He said! Come inside the tomb and see the place where our Lord was lying. Then run and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead! I give you His message: “I am going ahead of you in Galilee and you will see me there.” (Matthew 28:5-7)
It was all heading towards this moment, this monumental, victorious, glorious moment. Since Jesus’s birth this moment was the one that truly defined He was who He said He was. Jesus’s birth is rightly celebrated so much that we set our calendars by it. But it was His resurrection that truly started a movement.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ distinguishes the Christian faith from other religions of the world. No religious leader, ranging from Mohamed, the founder of Islam, to Buddah, Hindu and others, ever died and rose again. The Christian faith is unique. Jesus rose from the dead and destroyed the grave; destroyed death, and conquered it and set humanity free from sin: it is the greatest story ever told.