The most famous verse in the Bible is probably John 3:16, you can probably recite it. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life." A few weeks ago at our Easter production the pastor had written in the program that responding to the Easter message isn't based on whether you feel warm fuzzy feelings about Jesus. And if so, then you should become a Christian. But rather, Jesus' life, death and resurrection is a proven fact and you need to choose whether you will respond to that authority or ignore it. The "whoever believes in Him" part isn't about believing that he existed like believing in Santa or the Easter Bunny because if you don't believe in his existence then you're in denial. It is about believing in him as in putting your trust in him and believing that he has supreme authority to do what he said he will do, that he will return and judge us and believing that he will extend to you his mercy and grace because he died for YOU too.
Today, my reading took me through the John 3 passage and after the famous verse 16 what is written confirms my previous thoughts. John 3:18-21 says this, "There is no judgement awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. Their judgement is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants." So at judgment time, people won't be able to have the excuse - "If I knew Jesus was real then I would have come to him!" Because at least a part of them knows the truth or that the truth is there, but have chosen to live in their own ways loving the way of 'darkness'.