The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead
Fifth Article of the Apostle’s Creed : Jesus’s Resurrection
We have talked, actually typed and hopefully read, wink wink, much of what has been written on this blog about Our Dear Lord and His life and death. Now we need to look at the true historical event that took place on that First Easter Sunday! The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead. I have to say, I love meditating on the Glorious Mysteries of Our Lord and Lady’s Holy Rosary, especially on this mystery in particular ; Jesus’s Resurrection. In the words on Father Fernbeck, ” can you just imagine, ” seeing Our Blessed Lord’s resurrection, actually seeing Him come out of that tomb in His Glorified state ! It truly is a mystery worth meditating and praying on with much regularity. So, as I have stated here before, this blog deals with the TRUE TEACHINGS of The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and this part of the catechesis is also part of our Faith. I cannot stress with enough emphasis that Jesus’s Resurrection is not just a strict mystery, but a historical, reasonable, and credible recorded event that can be substantiated and proved through the many historic documents and witness testimonies that are still available to us today. As St Paul saids in 1 Corinthian 15:” And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” We know for a fact that Jesus truly raised Himself from the dead by His own Divine Power, because of the testimony of His disciples and the hundreds of other witnesses that saw Him. If you do not believe this, than no reasonable sane person could ever believe in any recorded history or person that has ever existed or been written about at anytime in recorded history. We have much more historical recorded history detailing Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection than we do about any historical figure before or after His time on earth ; including Josephus among the Jews, Caesar, and Pliny among the Romans, and also Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato and Aristotle among the Greeks. It is a very reasonable, historical, and credible mystery to believe in Our Lord and His Glorious Resurrection. One other historical recorded proof just amazes and adds tremendous credibility to the truth of Our Lord’s Resurrection, it is the fact of the willing and courageous martyrdom of 11 of the 12 Apostle’s. We also cannot forget the many disciples and witnesses of Our Lord after His Resurrection . So many of the same Apostles and disciples who originally abandoned our Lord out of fear most heroically went to their death willingly for Him, only after having seen Our Lord after He raised Himself from the dead. We know to this day where many of those Apostles and disciples are actually buried today! Yes, today we can visit the Holy Relics of many of the first martyrs, many are in Rome at St Peters Basilica and all over Rome for that matter. People don’t willingly die for something they don’t believe in, they just don’t. Especially not the way so many of the disciples of Jesus did ; they happily, joyfully, and willingly were martyred giving witness and true testimony to Our Risen Lord! We still have martyrs today, look at Syria and Iraq in particular, and please pray for our brothers and sisters in the middle east especially!
May God Bless us and protect us from the world, ourselves and the devil