I am a Christian.
This means I believe Jesus Christ died on a cross of execution to pay for my sins, was buried, and then came back from death to life. Yes, I believe that. It is the core of my faith.
Jesus was dead on Friday, dead on Saturday, and alive on Sunday.
What difference does His resurrection make?
1). It sets Jesus Christ apart. His coming back to life proves He was more than a good man or a wise teacher. Far more! No other spiritual leader of any religion has done this. None. So walking out of that tomb says something special about Him. The resurrection proves He was, and still is, divine. He was, and still is, God.
2). It gives us hope. If Jesus Christ faced death and lived, and if we are connected to Him through faith, we too shall face death and live. How comforting it is to know that death is just a door we step through to eternal life! Because He lived, we too will live. There is more living for the Christian than several decades on this Earth. There is living for eternity in Heaven with the resurrected Jesus Christ.
That is why we Christians make such a big deal about Easter. We are celebrating this wonderful truth: We worship a risen, living, mighty Lord. He is like no other. And He is our hope for life here and beyond.
Josh McDowell stated it well when he wrote the following: "No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good."
Jesus Christ is risen. That is the single greatest source of hope for all of humanity. And that is why I know that ultimately, everything is going to be more than alright.