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Why did Jesus rise from the dead? To change everything

4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures
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20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:4,20

If Jesus is alive, the assumptions we have made about the permanence of death are wrong. Our assumptions about the mystery of death are wrong. Our expectations about the inevitability of death are wrong.

The prediction, and subsequent realisation, of the resurrection changes everything - it means that death can be temporary, it can be contemplated with confidence and it is no longer inevitable. If the bible could predict, if Jesus could know for certain, then we must allow our view of life & death to be radically realigned to accommodate for the resurrection not merely as a historically affirmed event, but as the dawning of a new age in which there is a power greater than death: An age in which formerly terrifying "certainties" and fears appear as mere shadows. An age in which Jesus is not the end, but the firstfruits of those whom death can no longer hold.