"Today,believers around the world celebrate the most important truth of the Christian faith: Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Luke records the facts in chapter 24 - the stone was rolled away ( v2), the body was gone (v3), and two angels appeared and explained what had happened (vs4-7). This is the lynchpin of the Christian faith; remove it, and everything else falls apart. As Paul wrote,'And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.' (1 Cor 15:14).
How do we know it really happened?
First, circumstantial evidence: the tomb was empty and no-one produced a body, not even Jesus' enemies. Next, evidence from eyewitnesses: Mary Magdalene and this group of women (vs1,10), Cleopas and a friend (vs13-32), the disciples, both in Jerusalem (vs36-49) and beside Lake Galilee, and eventually more that 500 people at once.
Then there's the corroborating evidence - Josephus, the Roman historians and officials, the Jewish writings, the letters of Paul and the apostolic fathers. Finally, there's the evidence of the church, which has grown worldwide based on a belief in- and martyrdom for - the resurrection."
So in remembering Christ's sacrifice on the cross, let's celebrate his resurrection!