August 31, 2014

The Burial & Resurrection of Jesus

Passage: Mark 15:42-16:13

What is the point of the resurrection of Jesus? Ask that question and nine out of ten times you’ll hear about going to heaven when you die—life after death. But Jesus would not have needed to rise again in order to go to heaven; his body could have stayed buried while his soul ascended. Mark emphasizes the bodily death and resurrection of Jesus. People want the body, look for it, care for it and don’t believe in the resurrection until they see it. This is what the gospel is all about—not esoteric wisdom or inner peace or soul-transformation. It’s about Jesus’ bodily resurrection, and ours to come. This includes our souls, but a whole lot more.

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