- While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, Peace be to you. But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. And He said to them, […] See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have. […] He said to them, Have you anything here to eat? They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them. […] - Luke 24:36-47
- …For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, […] and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 14-15
Whereas death was the basis for salvation, the resurrection becomes the basis for one’s faith. Like death, the resurrection was also literal. It was seen by many and was stated to be a fact by the angels at the empty tomb. The resurrection assures the deity of Christ and His victory over death.