The resurrection of Jesus is everything.
The New Testament exists because Jesus rose from the dead. Just think about it. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Jude & James (brothers of Jesus), and Paul wrote what they did because Jesus from again from the dead. The Old Testament prophesied that Christ would die and rise, the Gospels tell us how it unfolded, and the rest of the New Testament tells us how to live in light of it. A weekend in Jerusalem is the gravitational pull and propulsion of Christian spirituality.
Jesus is the living ecosystem of the Christian life. “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me“ (Gal 2:20), and “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God“ (Col 3:3). The risen Christ validates, verifies, and vivifies everything in Christianity. The vibrancy of the resurrection of Jesus, when seen in the heart, can put a gust of wind into the sails of your spiritual life. The risen Jesus is amazing, inviting, comforting, powerful, kind, and exciting.
Here are 17 of my favorite quotes on the resurrection of Jesus.