The resurrection of the Lord is a preview of our own resurrection from death, when Christ comes again: “And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” [1 Corinthians 6:14].   Without the promise of the resurrection, Christianity   would     be hollow. Without resurrection, Christianity reduces to a philosophy, a code of conduct, a way of life, but not a religion. This is clear in Paul’s message: “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is vain and your faith is also vain… For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then   also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. [1 Corinthians 15:12-20]. The remainder of this chapter by   Paul is an   excellent reference for the importance of the resurrection to Christianity.