The story of the resurrection is like the many sports movies where the skinny little kid comes in wins the big game. Or, the nobody horse wins the Triple Crown. Or, the Rocky movies. It’s always a good story.
Here is Jesus, ridiculed, whipped and hung up to die. Now, there is an underdog. When everything looked the most bleak, Jesus scores a last minute goal by coming back to life.
Within the Christian faith an argument continues about whether one can be a Christian and not believe in the literal resurrection. Opponents of the literal resurrection say the story can be metaphor and serve the purpose of giving people hope for a brighter future even though the present is not going well.
Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong has been preaching and writing for four decades it is not necessary to take any of the miracles literally to be a good Christian. The meaning of the resurrection story, he says, is that Jesus became one with God.
I, myself, don’t understand why myths such as the resurrection, death for sins or an afterlife need be required in Christianity. Different factions of the faith have always focused on different parts of the story and everyone could do the with the resurrection.
I would go so far as to say dropping miracles of all kinds would serve the faith well. It would allow people to focus on the faith’s message of doing good for others instead of planning for room service in the afterlife.