You may have heard this phrase from Christians celebrating Easter. What does it mean?
It means that Jesus “rose from the dead.”
That is an odd phrase, but it was a unique event. Jesus was not resuscitated, he did not simply heal from the wounds of crucifixion.
Jesus really died and then, on the third day following, he appeared again alive, but with a new kind of life.
Jesus had a physical body, a body that showed the signs of the nails. But his body was “glorified” as St. Paul later described it.
Jesus was able to enter a locked room and to travel apparently instantly from place to place.
Did this really happen? Yes!
Jesus’ resurrected appearances gave his followers confidence to defy authorities that were trying to persecute them. They received energy to carry the news about Jesus throughout the world.
Jesus said that he had come to show us a cure for sin and evil and death. To prove it, he lived a sinless life and defeated evil and death.
Following Jesus, we too can survive death and live with God forever. This is a big deal. We celebrate this event for 50 days from Easter Sunday to the day of Pentecost. Join us in this great feast of the church and find out more.
We meet on Sundays at 10:00am, the pre-service music begins 10 minutes prior.