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Sunday is Easter, when Christians celebrate the Resurrection. A recent poll found that only 42 percent of Americans connect Easter and Resurrection.  Even for those who make the connection, it’s often hard to understand.

Christianity Today ran a story on whether the Resurrection is relevant today. Part of it says:

This is the Good News: not only a story of forgiveness but also a story of power, of transformation, and of hope.In Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” the Misfit explains the world-shattering significance of Jesus’ resurrection: “He thrown everything off balance. If he did what he said then it’s nothing for you to do but throw away everything and follow him, and if he didn’t, then it’s nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can.”

With these words O’Connor declared, in concert with the New Testament writers, that the Resurrection is everything. Its truth or falsity determines whether the world has been irrevocably shaken by Easter Sunday or whether, instead, God has left Jesus, us, and the entire created order unanswered in our cries for salvation. No less than this is at stake in our affirmation that Jesus is raised from the dead.

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