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The Profession of Faith

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I.

C

hrist

s

R

esurrection and

O

urs

The progressive revelation of the Resurrection

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God revealed the resurrection of the dead to his people

progressively. Hope in the bodily resurrection of the dead estab-

lished itself as a consequence intrinsic to faith in God as creator of

the whole man, soul and body. The creator of heaven and earth is

also the one who faithfully maintains his covenant with Abraham

and his posterity. It was in this double perspective that faith in the

resurrection came to be expressed. In their trials, the Maccabean

martyrs confessed:

The King of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting

renewal of life, because we have died for his laws.

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One

cannot but choose to die at the hands of men and to cherish

the hope that God gives of being raised again by him.

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The Pharisees and many of the Lord’s contemporaries

hoped for the resurrection. Jesus teaches it firmly. To the Sadducees

who deny it he answers, “Is not this why you are wrong, that you

know neither the scriptures nor the power of God?”

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Faith in the

resurrection rests on faith in God who “is not God of the dead, but

of the living.”

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994

But there is more. Jesus links faith in the resurrection to his

own person: “I am the Resurrection and the life.”

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It is Jesus

himself who on the last day will raise up those who have believed

in him, who have eaten his body and drunk his blood.

545

Already

now in this present life he gives a sign and pledge of this by

restoring some of the dead to life,

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announcing thereby his own

Resurrection, though it was to be of another order. He speaks of

this unique event as the “sign of Jonah,”

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the sign of the temple:

he announces that he will be put to death but rise thereafter on the

third day.

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To be a witness to Christ is to be a “witness to his Resur-

rection,” to “[have eaten and drunk] with him after he rose from

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2 Macc

7:9.

541

2 Macc

7:14; cf. 7:29;

Dan

12:1-13.

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Mk

12:24; cf.

Jn

11:24;

Acts

23:6.

543

Mk

12:27.

544

Jn

11:25.

545 Cf.

Jn

5:24-25; 6:40, 54.

546 Cf.

Mk

5:21-42;

Lk

7:11-17;

Jn

11.

547

Mt

12:39.

548 Cf.

Mk

10:34;

Jn

2:19-22.

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