If you think Jesus was a great leader and teacher, but find it hard to believe in his resurrection, you’re in good company. Even his disciples were skeptical. But those same followers were the ones who would later become the spokesmen of a new movement: the church. They would maintain faith in the midst of incredible suffering. Many died still claiming that Jesus was their Savior. What we celebrate at Easter mattered enough to them that they were willing to pay almost any price to get the message out. Why? What was in it for them? Was it just an historical event that was obviously real and dramatic or was it more than that? Was there a personal benefit that brought a completely new view of life and the world? So what do you make of this defining event—the one that became the foundation of their faith . . . and of ours? Why does Easter really matter?