Henri Nouwen in The Road to Daybreak says there was nothing in the resurrection that would force people to believe:
"Rather, it was an event for the friends of Jesus, for those who had known him, listened to him and believed in him. It was a very intimate event: a word here, a gesture there and a gradual awareness that something new was being born - small, hardly noticed but with the potential to change the face of the earth. Mary Magdalene heard her name. John and Peter saw the empty grave. Jesus' friends felt their hearts burn in encounters that find expression in the remarkable words, 'He is risen.' All had remained the same, while all had changed "
The faith, hope and love of that first community of believing men and women began to spread like a fire, taking light into the darkest places of the human experience, because they had experienced the light of Jesus' love that illuminated the dark places of their own hearts and minds.
Our call as Easter people is to be bearers and proclaimers of Good news that was born of an empty tomb.