The apostle Paul would have taken strong exception to that statement. As far as he was concerned, the truth or falsehood of the resurrection was the whole point, and he addressed that issue in First Corinthians 15. The Corinthians had been heavily influenced by Greek philosophy, which taught that the body was the "prison house of the soul". They believed the whole point of death was for the soul to be released from the body. Needless to say, the idea of a bodily resurrection was strange to them. However, Paul pointed out that if there is no such resurrection, then Christ could not have risen. He added that if Christ hasn't risen, then the whole Christian faith is pointless. After all, Jesus said from the beginning that He would die and rise again on the third day. If He didn't rise from the dead, then His prediction was false, and Jesus was either a liar or a lunatic.
In verse 12 of that chapter Paul said, "But now is Christ risen from the dead." The simple fact is, Jesus did rise from the dead. For centuries skeptics have come up with alternate theories to explain the empty tomb, but none of their theories make any sense. Furthermore, Jesus' disciples actually claimed to have seen Him alive, and they were willing to die for this belief. The resurrection is not just a nice little story; it is a glorious historic fact! Because Jesus has risen, we can believe His other claims are true. We can believe Him when He says He is God's Son. We can believe Him when He says He will return one day. We can also believe Him when He says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father buy by me" (John 14:6).
Come to Worsham Baptist Church this Sunday and join us as we celebrate our Lord's resurrection!