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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
The resurrection of Jesus is important for the vitality of a soul. It is a central truth (doctrine) that must be believed, reflected upon and lived within the context of. It is the belief in the resurrection of Jesus that empowers a soul to go beyond this lifetime. A faith in Jesus resurrection is the environment that the eternal nature of God can reside within us. The resurrection of Jesus is a miracle that needs to be fully believed, it is more than just a metaphor. The apostle Paul suggests without it we have no Christianity.
John Updike on the church and the resurrection states “Make no mistake: if he rose at all it was as his body; If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the amino acids rekindle, the church will fall. Let us not mock God with metaphor, analogy, sidestepping, transcendence, making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the faded Credulity of earlier ages; let us walk through the door. The stone is rolled back, not papier- mache, not a stone in a story, but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow grinding of Time will eclipse for each of us the wide light of day.
The miraculous nature of the resurrection of Jesus opens a door, leading the way from that tomb of death to freedom and eternal life for humanity.
John Donne a famous English Poet, believed that death was murdered in the tomb of Jesus. John Donne in a poem about this murder says “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.”
As we reflect on the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus this Easter let us reflect deeply on the nature of our Eternal God that brings hope in a world of terrorism, darkness, famine, pain and suffering that we have a God who goes beyond this life time. We have a God who suffered, died and rose again.