The gospel account is credible because none of the eye-witnesses expected Jesus to rise from death.
I. The women were expecting nothing.
A. Imagine their dreadful disappointment.
B. The more we know God, the more we love Jesus.
II. The men ran hoping for something.
A. They had run away, but now they were running back.
B. The resurrection takes away our dread.
III. The truth was discovered by faith.
A. John believed before Peter. Luke 24:12
B. By faith we participate in the joy of resurrection.
If Jesus was victorious then we are not defeated. The resurrection takes away our dread. By faith, we participate in the joy of resurrection. If we believe the resurrection is true, then we will overcome dread and live victoriously.