We Celebrate Resurrection!
We celebrate Jesus! We celebrate His dying and why He died! We celebrate His resurrection from the tomb. We do this just like the earliest of Jesus followers. The following explains what they believed and celebrated almost from their very mouths.
A creed was developed by the early Christians and the Apostle Paul received it from other Apostles, Peter and James. Critics believe he received it when he first went up to Jerusalem, see Gal 1:18-19.
So what is this creed and how do we know it was a creed?
How do we know? Form criticism experts have done the research to determine that within these verses is the creed delivered to Paul.
What is the creed? I Corinthians 15: 3b-6a, and verse 7
…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was buried…
…and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve…
…then he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…
…then he was seen by James, then by all the apostles…
So, there it is. A statement of faith by the earliest Christians going back to just after Jesus rose from the dead.
What is a creed? It is generally a summary statement about an event or set of beliefs. In this case it is both, because events were involved and these events established facts related to beliefs.
Could this be legend? I think not. This is a news flash of what happened right after it happened. It was coded and stated by Christians to one another and to others around them.
Do you believe these statements about Jesus? Do you want to investigate the earliest writings about him? Here it is. Read 1 Corinthians 15 and then move to the next documentation: the Gospel of Mark or any of the other gospels.
More lengthy research on the creed
Documentation regarding the Resurrection
He Came Down From Heaven
Why Did Jesus Die?