The biblical meaning of resurrection is a transformation from death to new life. With the crucifixion and death of Jesus he was simultaneously raised up to new life. The disciples experienced a presence of Jesus who is alive. Resurrection is not just a return to life as it was, not just the resuscitation of a corpse. It is not just ongoing existence of an immortal soul. Resurrection is new life beyond time and space but, as we see in Jesus, with a continuity of personhood. Jesus lives as the first fruits of resurrection which is promised to all those who belong to him.
Cletus Wessels OP
Lord, help me to live in hope and trust.
Read the resurrection narratives and reflect on their deeper meaning.
Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory?
Where , O death, is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15: 50 -55
But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here.”
Mark 16:1 – 6
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.