The early church staked everything on one thing: that Jesus rose from the grave! They had seen it with their own eyes. There was no one to refute what the peoples had seen, and it brought about a confidence in Jesus they were willing to die for. They knew, in Jesus there was no death! There is no equivocating what Christianity stands upon, the life, death AND resurrection of Jesus! No other religion even attempts such a claim, much less bases it's entire faith system upon the resurrection of their leader from the grave. Knowing this to be true provides us with a confident assurance that the promises of Jesus to us can be counted on as well. His calling on our lives to follow Him can be trusted to lead us to the best things for eternity; and that nothing can separate us from His love, His power and His presence - forever!