If Jesus were not raised from the dead, then all we would have is the memory of a very delightful, lovable, courageous, but misguided man. It would mean that while many might be drawn to him because of his compassion and honesty, yet this earth was altogether too ugly a place to contain such a beautiful spirit. The evil in men could not stand to be near something so threatening, threatening precisely because his spirit is so enviable and yet so unobtainable. Better not to have him around. And so, earthman had to kill him.
If Jesus were not raised from the dead, it would also mean that though men scream, shout and shake their fists at the heavens, there is no answer, no response. Look to the heavens. Plead. All you get is silence. Whatever gods there by, they seemingly have no stake in or even interest in Jesus. We may be among those who would remember the man we loved with deep affection and passionate hope. But now, alas, the cup is empty, the dregs bitter.
But if the resurrection is true, then earth may still be an ugly, hostile place, but the entire purpose of the universe and the power behind it can be understood in terms of that single life. Jesus becomes the key to it all. ...
If you want to know the secret to your life, then look to Jesus and learn of the present Lord, the risen Christ, who awaits to enter your life and bring you the power and the spirit to make you a child of God, a brother or sister of Jesus, who is the first-born of the new creation.
~ John Stone Jenkins, What Think Ye of Jesus? (1979)