The historic fact of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead makes all the difference.
It sets Christianity apart from every alternative as the one, true faith.
It confirms what Jesus said about Himself, about His death, and our connection to Him.
It shows us where we who follow Christ are headed: eternal life.
In the perspective of Easter, the intramural contests and controversies in our Lord’s Church can be seen in their proper light. To lose the Gospel is to lose everything. Yet during this temporal life, this time of grace, we can afford to be as patient with one another as God has been with us.
May we be faithful to our risen Lord with the greatest confidence of His favor, and also faithful to one another, in the deepest humility.