What is the significance of the resurrection, and it’s meaning for you and I today?
I would one day like to purchase a print of this wonderful painting. http://www.christcenteredmall.com/stores/art/dicianni/the-resurrection.htm#options
I Love this painting by Ron DiCianni: Here is a MEDIA link to the painter working on the masterpiece http://cbn.com/tv/1432091350001
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We go through the Lenten season preparing us for Easter, but do we focus on the death so much that we forget the resurrection? Christ has risen! He is risen indeed.
The Paschal Greeting,
English: Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!
Greek: Christos anesti! Alithos anesti!
Latin: Christus resurrexit! Vere resurrexit!
Korean: Kristo gesso! Buhar ha sho nay!
The impact that Jesus has on the world, being the Son of God has continues to make an impact from one generation to the next, and will continue until Christ comes back. This is our hope, but little doubts do surface and the question or the whispers peaks our thoughts, and we begin looking around not with eyes of faith, and start asking the question will Christ find faith on the earth, when he returns?
Has the Resurrection made an impact on the church, without the resurrection would there be a church? Is it still evident today? Is Christ risen in our lives? Is that Resurrection power evident in my / your life? What does that resurrection power look like? So many questions and I don’t know if I can fully answer these questions, feeling like a spiritual infant.
The church is still present in the world after thousands of years! But is it still alive and well? There may be another question to ponder. Is the life of the risen Christ present and evident today, in his church?
Are we still spiritual infants mentioned in Hebrews 5: 12 “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!” Then continuing with this thought in Hebrews 6: 1.Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Therefore, leaving the elementary message about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. The resurrection of the dead was classes as a foundational and elementary basics work.
The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim was recommended by my new favorite authors Brodie & Brock Thoene, I have just started reading their work and listening to audio books. I have found there work wonderful, they use Alfred Edersheim to give insight to the Jewish culture. Here is an extract on the resurrection by him.
“In general we ought to remember, that the Evangelists, and afterwards St. Paul, are not so much concerned to narrate the whole history of the Resurrection as to furnish the evidence for it. And here what is distinctive in each is also characteristic of his special view-point. St. Matthew describes the impression of the full evidence of that Easter morning on friend and foe, and then hurries us from the Jerusalem stained with Christ’s Blood back to the sweet Lake and the blessed Mount where first He spake. It is, as if he longed to realise the Risen Christ in the scenes where he had learned to know Him. St. Mark, who is much more brief, gives not only a mere summary,6215 but, if one might use the expression, tells it as from the bosom of the Jerusalem family, from the house of his mother Mary.6216 St. Luke seems to have made most full inquiry as to all the facts of the Resurrection, and his narrative might almost be inscribed: ‘Easter Day in Jerusalem.’ St. John paints such scenes – during the whole forty days, whether in Jerusalem or Galilee – as were most significant and teachful of this threefold lesson of his Gospels: that Jesus was the Christ, that He was the Son of God, and that, believing, we have life in His Name. Lastly, St. Paul – as one born out of due time – produces the testimony of the principal witnesses to the fact, in a kind of ascending climax.6217 And this the more effectively, that he is evidently aware of the difficulties and the import of the question, and has taken pains to make himself acquainted with all the facts of the case.”
What was the belief off the Jews with regard to resurrection? There looked to be some opposition toward the subject of resurrection, is this why the disciples are mopping around in the upper room, yes, Jesus is dead, but had given indication that he would rise again, but was it the deep rooted teaching fro childhood, they to back to default, after Jesus has gone. What do in the Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes believe about the afterlife? http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/sadducees_pharisees_essenes.html
Jerusalem after the Resurrection, or that of Elijah in Jewish belief – but especially to His return in glory; certainly, not to the Resurrecton as it actually took place. The fact itself would be quite foreign to Jewish ideas, which embraced the continuance of the soul after death and the final resurrection of the body, but not a state of spiritual corporeity, far less, under conditions such as those described in the Gospels.6225 Elijah, who is so constantly introduced in Jewish tradition, is never represented as sharing in meals or offering his body for touch; nay, the Angels who visited Abraham are represented as only making show of, not really, eating.6226 Clearly, the Apostles had not learned the Resurrection of Christ either from the Scriptures – and this proves that the narrative of it was not intended as a fulfilment of previous expectancy – nor yet from the predictions of Christ to that effect; although without the one, and especially without the other, the empty grave would scarcely have wrought in them the assured conviction of the Resurrection of Christ.
What was the beliefs of the Jews with regard to resurrection?
1Corinthians 15: 4 – 8
and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
Matthew 27:52 – 54
…52The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”…
What happened to the people that came out of the graves when Jesus died on the cross?
We may not actually come to a conclusion about those who came out of the grave, however because Christ has risen we have the hope of one day being raised also, the grave, the fear of death, should not have a hold on us because of Jesus overcoming the grip of death. We also have a hope, and anticipation of his return, the second coming. If we are not around we are welcomed and invited to heaven, death having lost its victory, we who believe get to meet our maker face to face.
My favorite song at present: MEDIA we believe by the NEWSBOYS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WjZ01FcK0yk