The Resurrection and Ascension-Part One

Posted: December 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

Did Jesus really rise from the grave? Or, as Dan Brown asserts in his crappy novels, did Jesus die a natural death?

The authors of the New Testament are unanimous that Jesus did in fact rise from the grave (Matt. 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53: John 20:1-21:25).

The interesting thing, at least to me, is the way in which Jesus rose from the grave.  Somehow I picked up the idea that resurrection, for Jesus and his followers, meant a spiritual resurrection where we all get wings, live in clouds, play harps and wear diapers.  This is the picture of heaven we get from pop art, right? Fortunately this is wrong.

Jesus rose with a physical body (Luke 24:39; John 20:20, 27) and ate (Luke 24:42-43) and we will be made like him (Phil. 3:20-21).  Factor in the witness of Revelation that we do not live eternally in heaven but on a new earth and you get a very different view of life after death.  We will feel and eat in eternity.  Cool.

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