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Why did Jesus rise from the dead? To ascend to His Father

According to the Venerable Bede, Easter comes from the name Eostre - an Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess. Yet this once worshipped "deity" has been entirely obliterated by the worship of Jesus & the celebration of his resurrection - it has been thoroughly redeemed. But what is it that we celebrate? And why?

Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' -- John 20:27

Here Jesus gives one reason for His resurrection: to ascend to God the Father. Jesus was raised from the dead in order to restore his fellowship with the Father.

On the cross, Jesus emitted a heart-searing cry that Matthew & Mark record in the original Aramaic - "Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani" (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?) - a cry expressing the anguish of separation from the father as he suffered for our sin. And when Jesus was raised from the dead, having suffered once for all for our sins (Heb 9:26), he was raised in order to restore the relationship that was set aside when he was forsaken as he suffered in our place.

Why does this matter? Because this relationship is the fundamental model for all others. The Father loves the Son (John 3:35) and unless the Jesus was "unforsaken" there is no hope for us - because John 15:9 tells us that Jesus loves us in the same way in which the Father loves Jesus. An unrestored relationship between Jesus and the Father would mean no hope for our relationship with Jesus.

Jesus was raised from the dead in order to ascend to the Father in order that we might look forward to an eternal, unbroken relationship with Jesus.