The new testament is difficult to read because it is wordy and much of it seems to have been written by common people so that it reads like an Oprah show in places. Nonetheless there are any number of reasons for taking it a good deal more seriously than most do.
Unlike every other religious figure in history, Jesus spoke of the spirit realm "as one in authority" and this his audiences found astounding. Nobody would have invented a story about a religious leader speaking like that because it would not have occured to them to do so.
The basic simple message which rings out in all of Christ's teachings is that the future world is more important than this one.
The entire world now accepts the idea that we can't take it (material things) with us. The day before Jesus was born, NOBODY believed that; Jesus invented that idea. Every burial place you will ever find of people who died before Christ will contain all the **** the person tried to take with them, with exceptions due to grave-robbers.
On the Eurasian steppes you see little hills here and there and the Russian word "kurgan" describes them. Each is a burial place for some Scythian or Pecheneg or Guzz leader of some sort and all the **** he tried to take with him...
The first people who saw Jesus when he returned from the dead were women. NOBODY in those days would have invented a story about their leader coming back from the dead, and women, whose place in society was just above that of dogs, being the first to see him. THEY would have been the first to see him.
Oh, yeah, you say you don't believe in the idea of somebody dying and then coming back, right?
A buddy of mine who studies that sort of thing pointed this article out to me:
Apparently Egyptians living a thousand years prior to Christ viewed dying about the way we view moving from Washington D.C. to Baltimore or from Alexandria Va. to Washington D.C.
The idea of coming back from the dead would not have seemed unusual to them; when Christ did it, which was the last time anybody did it, it simply hadn't been done for a few centuries.
What those first Christians were seeing was a spiritual (or what Julian Jaynes would call a "bicameral") thing of course. Jesus woulld have had no more use for a dead body full of nail holes than you or I would have; that sort of thing is for zombie movies or the demokkkrat party get-out-the-vote apparatus.