The meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ's victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. If He had not risen from the dead, if He had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher. However, His resurrection changed all that and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all.
So through his death we receive his final work of forgiveness and through his resurrection we receive his blessing of heaven.
In the meantime we have his Word and His Holy Spirit to help us live the lives God wants us to live despite the circumstances.