The mission of Jesus did not end on the CROSS. His lifereached its climax with his RESURRECTION and his ASCENSION. Christ’s Ascension marks the final accomplishment of his mission
The R esurrec tion of J esus 1. The women went to anoint Jesus’ body on Easter Sunday.2. They found that the stone sealing the tomb had been rolled away.3. The body of Jesus was gone. 4. A message was given that Jesus had risen.
From the Gospel of MarkSpeaks of the apprehension which the women of Jerusalem felt when they saw Jesus’ empty tomb.Yet, the “young man dressed in a white robe” appeased them by saying that Jesus of Nazareth has beed raised.
The Resurrection speaks of the passage of Jesusfrom death to new, definitive glorified life. Historical andtrans-historical
Historical- by virtue of the testimonyof witnesses- The empty tomb Trans-Historical(transcends history)- No one actually witnessedhow it happened. Can be discerned only through FAITH
GLORIFIED BODY † The Risen Christ is the same Crucified Christ. † In his risen state (transcends thephysical limits of time and space)
RESURRECTION † did not mean areturn to earthly life but a rising to an entirely new“glorified existence”
Salvific Importance of the Resurrection: 1. Confirmed everything Christ had done and taught. Christ fulfilled His ownprediction of His Passion,Death & Resurrection
2. Christ fulfilled the Old Testamentprophecies promising a Savior forall the world. Promise of a Savior foretold in the Old Testament (Messiah). Found fulfillment in Christ Reached its climax in Christ’s Resurrection.
3. Confirmed everything Christ had done and taught.4. Resurrection confirmed Jesus’ divinity. Christ is truly the SON of GOD.
5. Christ’s death freed us from sinand his resurrection brought us ashare in the new life as children of God. The Resurrection transformed us into adopted sons anddaughters of the Father, in theHoly Spirit.
The risen Christ is theprinciple andsource of our futureresurrection.
The apostles became witnesses to the historical reality of Jesus’ Resurrection.oThey changed their lives completely.oGrounded the beginnings of the Church.oInspired the writing and formation of the New Testament.oInstituted the observance of Sunday as the Lord’s Day.
What is thesignificance of Jesus’ Resurrection for us Christians?
A t E aster we c elebrate the great joy of J esus’ R esurrec tion. Our feeling of sadness atJesus’ death turns to joy, for our Savior is risen!
This is the meaning of E aster.New Life New Hope