What Christians celebrate at Easter is the resurrection of Jesus. His resurrection demonstrates God’s power over death. But God already demonstrated that power when Jesus raised people from the dead, such as Lazarus. If God’s power over death had been established, then why did Jesus need to rise from the dead?
First, let’s start with a new definition: Death is separation. When a person dies, they are separated from their body. Also, they are separated from their loved ones, which is a type of death or loss experienced by both parties, the deceased and those left behind. The soul continues for the deceased, but without a body.
When Jesus died, He could have gone straight to heaven. In that case, He would have continued His existence as a spirit, just as God the Father is a spirit. Why resurrect at all? Why come back for your body? Why not shed this frail, mortal body and be done with it? Why not remain a spirit and be free from the confines and limitations of a physical body? For the rest of this article, visit http://www.rickhocker.com/articles.html and download the article listed at the top of the page.