Dying on the cross, Jesus was more than a very good man having a very bad day. How do we know? Because He rose from the dead. So says C. S. Lewis, whose beloved classics are finally available in the Logos Bible Software library.
Lewis did much to rescue orthodox Christianity from the moralistic skepticism of Bultmann et al, who viewed Christ’s resurrection as a non-physical myth of the kerygma (rather like Santa in Christmas lore is resurrected through your chimney after descending with annual blessings).
Lewis is adamant that a physical, historic resurrection event is as real as Christ Himself. He sees it as defining and foundational to the Christian narrative: “Death and Resurrection are what the story is about.” 
He notes how the annual cycle of death and resurrection in the natural world has influenced pantheistic theology with crop-themed worship. Lewis confesses having himself been thus persuaded before coming to faith in Christ: “I myself, who first seriously read the New Testament when I was, imaginatively and poetically, all agog for the Death and Rebirth pattern and anxious to meet a corn-king, was chilled and puzzled by the almost total absence of such ideas in the Christian documents.”
Once born-again himself, Lewis came to see Christ’s physical resurrection as a once-for-all-time pivotal event in history, as reflected in Scripture:
The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the ‘first fruits’, the ‘pioneer of life’. He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened.
More than a miracle moment
So to Lewis, the resurrection of Christus Victor reverses the old order of sin and death and inaugurates a new order for His redeemed humanity and the entire universe. This is more than a miracle moment 2,000 years ago. Lewis laments when defenders of Christianity hover over the resurrection scene itself while neglecting its enduring aftermath:
The story of that moment is what Christian apologists now chiefly try to support and skeptics chiefly try to impugn. But this almost exclusive concentration on the first five minutes or so of the Resurrection would have astonished the earliest Christian teachers. In claiming to have seen the Resurrection they were not necessarily claiming to have seen that. . . . What they were claiming was that they had all, at one time or another, met Jesus during the six or seven weeks that followed His death. . . . The ‘Resurrection’ to which they bore witness was, in fact, not the action of rising from the dead but the state of having risen.
The ultimate outcome of Christ’s resurrection is the bodily resurrection of His people—not to a waif-like cloudy eternity but to a physical paradise with their resurrected Lord. In recent decades, N.T. Wright and other apologists have argued compellingly for the physical resurrection of Jesus—many of them standing on the shoulders of C.S. Lewis. Logos enthusiasts may rejoice that his classics now join their other favorites in the Logos library. You can order the C.S. Lewis Collection now—30 volumes at a 30% pre-publication discount—for $279.95.
 Lewis, C. S. Miracles (Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis), p. 15. HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., 183.
 Ibid., 236-37.
 Ibid., 235-36.