The extraordinary claim of the New Testament is that Jesus did not remain dead but was raised to life by God.
Jesus was not simply a great Jewish teacher or healer. His sacrificial death and resurrection marks him out as unique. Because of his love for us, Jesus willingly died in our place to save us. So God raised him to life again and made Him the Lord of heaven and earth - the King, the boss, the one who is truly in charge.
The strong connection between Jesus' resurrection and lordship is at the heart of the Christian faith. The New Testament says â€œIf you confess with your mouth, â€˜Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be savedâ€.
More than a teacher, or a healer, or even a saviour who died to save us from judgement, Jesus is the divinely appointed Lord. Heartfelt acceptance of this reality is the guarantee of God's salvation and the beginning of the Christian life.
So what is a Christian?