Are the Dead Raised?

"Creative Commons The Hope of the Resurrection (wallpaper)" by Shawn Campbell is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Creative Commons The Hope of the Resurrection (wallpaper)” by Shawn Campbell is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1 Corinthians15:12 12 So if the message that is preached says that Christ has been raised from the dead, then how can some of you say, “There’s no resurrection of the dead”?
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

How quickly we jump from Yeshua to Christ and, in that jump, lose perspective. To say that Christ is resurrected from the dead is not the same thing as saying that Yeshua was re-vivifed (a dead physical body, alive once again — brought back from the dead).

Yeshua died — physically, end of the story. But the story does’t end there. For the disciples, for the early church, for the whole history of the church, for Christians today, for me, Yeshua is still a vital dynamic reality our lives — as if he were still alive and breathing. Therefore it becomes easy to cross the line and talk about a physical resurrection of Jesus into the Christ.

The truth is that dynamic process of messianism is now available within, to each one of us. That was one of the truly remarkable contributions of Yeshua to the spiritual development of humankind, to the development of God. Perhaps.

So are the dead raised? An incoherent question with only incoherent answers. The question that should be asked is: “How is resurrection possible before death, during life?” “Is there life (that is, abundant life) beyond life?” The wise answer is “Yes!”

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