But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:22-23
Easter, a time of rebirth and the time of the resurrection of Jesus. The passion narrative is depicted in all four gospels, consisting of the entry in to Jerusalem at the end of Jesus' ministry and his subsequent death by crucifixion. This is followed by the narrative of his resurrection and the meeting with his disciples in Galilee.
The earliest gospel account is that of Mark (65-75AD). In this account, three women followers of Jesus go to the tomb where his body has been laid to find the tomb empty. They are told by a young man that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised and had gone before them to Galilee. There, in the oldest and most authoritative texts, the account ends - with the women fleeing from the tomb (Mark 16:8). For Mark, the redemptive message is not in the resurrection of Jesus but in his suffering and death. The resurrected Jesus shows that the message he taught will continue - through his disciples and followers. Indeed it did, with James the Just taking up his brother's mantle and the continuation of the Jesus movement in Jerusalem until the fall of the city in the Jewish Revolt (70AD).
The resurrection of Jesus is, I've learnt, a difficult subject among Unitarians. I believe in the resurrection, in terms of a spiritual rebirth, and in the imagery and symbolism surrounding it. At this time of Easter, we should celebrate the cycle of rebirth and embrace our Christian heritage. Jesus died as an example to us all and showed us a path to God. I believe that Jesus took the position of sacrifice, negating the need to sacrifice at the temple for redemption. In essence, he became our high priest (Hebrews 5) and the prime example of a life of righteousness in God's eyes. We follow this example, as best as we are able, and ask for God's forbearance and mercy when we are unable to do so. We petition our deity directly, rather than asking for the intercession of a priestly class.