We always hear the statement that “Christians are Easter people.” And indeed, we truly are. We follow, obey and proclaim Jesus as our Lord because of His resurrection. All Christianity’s testimony hinges on the resurrection of Christ. St. Paul writes:
And if Christ has not been raised, then empty (too) is our preaching; empty, too, your faith. (1 Corinthians 15:14)
Easter is important because the resurrection of Jesus separates Him from all other faith in the world. If Jesus has not resurrected, He will just be a great preacher like all others. It is only Jesus who can claim power over our greatest enemy: death. Through His resurrection, His rising symbolizes also our rising from death caused by our sins.