The Resurrection Vindicates Jesus

If Christ had remained dead like any other ‘savior’ or ‘teacher’ or ‘prophet,’ his death would have meant nothing more than yours and mine. Death’s waves would have closed over him just as they do every other human life, every claim he made would have sunk into nothingness, and humanity would still be without hope of being saved from sin. But when breath entered his resurrected lungs again, when resurrection life electrified his glorified body, everything Jesus claimed was fully, finally, unquestionably, and irrevocably vindicated.

Greg Gilbert, What Is the Gospel? pp. 69-70

Where Is Death?

He died, but He vanquished death; in Himself, He put an end to what we feared; He took it upon Himself, and He vanquished it; as a mighty hunter, He captured and slew the lion. Where is death? Seek it in Christ, for it exists no longer; but it did exist, and now it is dead.

Augustine (354-430)