VICTORY FROM THE JAWS OF DEFEAT: So the resurrection eh? That's a bit far-fetched isn't it? Is this where Christianity moves into the realms of fantasy?
Did Jesus rise from the dead? The answer can either be yes or no. What does the historical evidence suggest happened?
This is the most important question of all time, because answering it holds massive implications. Without the resurrection Christianity falls flat on it's face. It can be reduced to nothing more than another set of decent life values. With it, the promises of Jesus have been proved to be true. We can have forgiveness and new life. Our own personal victory from the jaws of defeat.
It's an event which makes possible the promise that one day, 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.'.
2 days ago hope had been destroyed. Nietzsche had been justified in his horrific claim. But not any more. Today, hope has been restored and renewed like never before!
The event is beyond superlatives. In some respects it's beyond comprehension. And yet some of it's aspects are so ordinary.
Jesus is initially mistaken for a gardener. He shows his friends his wounds before going on a fishing trip with them.
Let's pause in this scene to bring our eventful exploration of Easter to a close. Grab yourself some of the freshly caught fish, combine them with some bread, and sit down to eat with Jesus and his mates. Having passed the food round, and shared some quality catch-up time, Jesus has a question burning within him:
After all Jesus has been through, after all he's achieved, there's still one question left which needs to be answered......
......Jesus wants to ask, 'Do you love me?'