Paragraph 2. On theThird Day He Rose Again from the Dead
“We bring you the good news that what God promised to the
fathers, this day he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Je-
The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in
Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first
Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; estab
lished by the documents of the New Testament; and preached as an
essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross:
Christ is risen from the dead!
Dying, he conquered death;
To the dead, he has given life.
The mystery of Christ’s resurrection is a real event, with
manifestations that were historically verified, as the New Testa-
ment bears witness. In about
56, St. Paul could already write
to the Corinthians: “I delivered to you as of first importance what
I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the
scriptures, and that he was buried, that he was raised on the third
day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to
Cephas, then to the Twelve . . .”
Apostle speaks here of the
living tradition of the Resurrection which he had learned after his
conversion at the gates of Damascus.
The empty tomb
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not
here, but has risen.”
The first element we encounter in the
framework of the Easter events is the empty tomb. In itself it is not
a direct proof of Resurrection; the absence of Christ’s body from
the tomb could be explained otherwise.
Nonetheless the empty
tomb was still an essential sign for all. Its discovery by the disciples
was the first step toward recognizing the very fact of the Resurrec-
tion. This was the case, first with the holy women, and then with
The disciple “whom Jesus loved” affirmed that when he
490 Byzantine Liturgy, Troparion of Easter.
24:3, 12, 22-23.