The Resurrection is the assurance, confidence, and power
that drives the work of Christian mission.
Jesus didn’t stay dead and buried. If he had, Christianity probably would be just a footnote (if at all) in any number of Jewish sects that have come and gone. But Jesus didn’t stay dead.
No, Jesus rose from the grave and was witnessed in bodily form by hundreds. That is the assurance that life, the power of the love of God, has defeated death. This is the confidence that death will be swallowed up in victory. And this is the power that drives the mission work of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the power that has sustained Christianity for nearly two-thousand years. It is this power that will continue to sustain it until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.
Because destruction of death is certain there is nothing in this world that can derail the gospel work. In confidence Paul can write this doxology, “As a result of all this, my loved brothers and sisters, you must stand firm, unshakable, excelling in the work of the Lord as always, because you know that your labor isn’t going to be for nothing in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 15:58 CEB) The physical lives of Christians may be interrupted temporarily by physical death, but no work of service given for our Lord Jesus Christ is ever in vain. We can stand firm and steadfast on that certainty.