Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

St. Paul on the resurrection of Jesus:
I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles. After that, he was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died by now. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, I saw him, too…

But tell me this: Since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ was not raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your trust in God is useless. And we apostles would
all be lying about God, for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave,
but that can't be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. If there is no
resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not
been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation
for your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have
perished! And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most
miserable people in the world.

But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead (NLT, St. Paul writing to the Corinthians in AD 56).

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