Jesus' Resurrection and Ascension (Testimonies to the Risen Christ…
Jesus' Resurrection and Ascension
Testimonies to the Risen Christ
Kerygma (1 Cor 15)
Paul's testimony which he spread verbally
"handed on what I received"
"he was raised"
God was the doer of the raising
"on the third day"
the day of salvation, not taken literally, but to mean it happens in God's own time
Jesus was the doer of the appearing
the disciples did not merely remember him
Paul described the Risen Christ
he was not literally alive
he did not have to come back to a mortal life
he is alive in a different way
where limits of human beings do not apply
Empty Tomb (Mark 16:1-8)
first witnesses were women
they had no reason to lie because their testimonies were not seen as credible by society
argument for historicity
she was blinded by grief
she did not recognize Jesus
implies that the Jesus she saw is a different kind of Jesus not the mortal kind of Jesus
They were too scared of persecution to be able to see the risen Christ
"Peace be with you"
he needed to physically see Jesus
the life of the Risen Christ is a life beyond...
point of all these testimonies is to give
Confirms everything that Jesus did
everything he said is true
Jesus did not fly off somewhere
"was taken up to Heaven"
He is present to every place on Earth - NT Wright
not a withdrawal from the world, but a deeper engagement with it
new form of existence
one with God