I preached the following sermon at Stonebrook Church, Easter 2014. You can listen to the audio on the Stonebrook Web site.
1 Corinthians 15:1–4 (ESV)
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…
The resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, is the central fact of history, and it is the foundation of The Christian faith. If the Resurrection did not happen, historically and physically, then there is no Christian faith, and as Paul says here, we have believed “in vain”. But it did happen, just as the Scriptures predicted it would and just as the scriptures said it did.