Friday, April 6, 2012

Resurrection of Jesus Christ - MIRACLE OF GOD



Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Resurrection of Jesus is the Christian religious belief that Jesus Christ returned to bodily life on the Sunday following the Friday on which he was executed by crucifixion or on Saturday following the Wednesday on which he was crucified. It is a central tenet of Christian faith and theology and part of the Nicene Creed: "On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures". [1][2]
In the New Testament, after the Romans crucified Jesus, he was buried in a new tomb, but God raised him from the dead[3] and he appeared to many people over a span of forty days before his ascension to Heaven, to sit at the Right Hand of God. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, the third day after Good Friday, the day of his crucifixion. Easter's date corresponds roughly with Passover, the Jewish observance associated with the Exodus, that is fixed for the night of the Full moon near the time of the equinox. [4]

The resurrection story appears in more than five locations in the Bible. In several episodes in the Canonical Gospels Jesus foretells his coming death and resurrection, which he states is the plan of God the Father.[5] Christians view the resurrection of Jesus as part of the plan of salvation and redemption.[6] There are other accounts of the death of Jesus, notably in the Jewish and Islamic traditions. Not all of these accounts include the resurrection.

Early Christian sects during the first three centuries (that later became heresies) rejected a physical resurrection, believing that Jesus Christ could not have been crucified because he had no physical substance. Basilides promoted the doctrine that Simon of Cyrene substituted for Jesus at the crucifixion, and that Jesus himself took the form of Simon, and stood by and laughed at them. [7]

Skeptical scholars have questioned the historicity of the resurrection story for centuries; for example, "nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century biblical scholarship dismissed resurrection narratives as late, legendary accounts."[8] A number of contemporary scholars express doubts about the historicity of the resurrection accounts and have debated their origin,[9] and some other scholars consider the biblical accounts of Jesus' resurrection as derived from the experiences of Jesus' followers and of Apostle Paul.[10][11]



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