Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Passion of Christ (Part 11)

To start at the beginning of this series, click, here.

Jesus Appears to Mary
By Doug Blanchard


“You Will See Him”

An excerpt from The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach
About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem
by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
(Harper San Francisco, 2006, p. 205)

Together, the appearance stories in the gospels make explicit what is promised in Mark: “You will see him.” They underline the parabolic meaning of Mark’s story of the empty tomb: Jesus is not among the dead, but among the living. Indeed, this is one of the central affirmations of Easter: Jesus lives. He is a figure of the present, not simply the past. The presence his followers had known in Jesus before his crucifixion continued to be experienced and to operate after it.

Jesus lives. He continues to be experienced after his death, though in a radically new way. He is no longer . . . confined to time and space, but [is] a reality who can enter locked rooms, journey with followers without being recognized, be experienced in both Galilee and Jerusalem, vanish in the moment of recognition, and abide with his followers always, “to the end of the age.”

NEXT: The Passion of Christ (Part 12)

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Jesus Lives!
The Triumph of Love: An Easter Reflection
Mary of Magdala
He is Risen! (Easter 2007)
Light of Christ (Easter 2008)
The Passion of Christ (Part 1)
The Passion of Christ (Part 2)
The Passion of Christ (Part 3)
The Passion of Christ (Part 4)
The Passion of Christ (Part 5)
The Passion of Christ (Part 6)
The Passion of Christ (Part 7)
The Passion of Christ (Part 8)
The Passion of Christ (Part 9)
The Passion of Christ (Part 10)

Image: “Jesus Appears to Mary” Doug Blanchard (The Passion of Christ).

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