The Power of Resurrection

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The rising of Jesus Christ from the dead was the biggest event that shook Jews and they tried to fight it in all ways to the extent that they said about resurrection that this last deception will be stronger than the first deception which is Christ’s preaching.
So what was the power of resurrection and what was its impact?
1- Christ came out of the tomb while it was closed. This was not strange for Him or for the miraculous power He has. He had also come out of the saint Virgin Mary’s womb with her virginity sealed. Also in His appearances to His disciples after resurrection He came into the place where they were assembled while “the doors were shut” (Jn 20:19).
2- And of His resurrection power, Christ rose from the dead by Himself without anybody raising Him. All those who were raised before were raised by others: The son of the Widow of Zarephath of Sidon was revived by Elijah. Also the son of the Shunammite Woman was raised by Elisha. And the daughter of Jairus, the son of the Widow of Nain, and Lazarus were raised by Christ. But Christ Himself rose by Himself because He had the power of resurrection in Him and it was not possible for death to capture Him because He had the life in Him (Jn 1:4).
3- And Christ rose regardless of the tight guarding, the tomb securing, the stone sealing, and the large stone which was against the door of the tomb. The worldly power made all its efforts, but He was stronger than all of this. And His resurrection indicated that He was stronger than all obstacles. His resurrection was a triumph over all His opponents and those fighting against Him, over death, Hades, the large stone, the seals, and the sticking strips of linen.
Therefore when St. Paul the apostle knew Him, he said: “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil 3:10). He knew the power of His resurrection because He saw Him after this resurrection when a Great Light appeared to him on his way to Damascus (Act 9).Therefore, this apostle trusted in Christ’s resurrection power which made him go into the fellowship of His sufferings being conformed to His death. And this same power in resurrection was experienced by St. John the beloved from Christ when He appeared to Him “and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength” (Rev 1:16).
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III
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