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Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Resurrection of Christ



Blessed Fra Angelico c 1417-1455 and/or  the Master of Cell 2
The Resurrection of Christ
in Cell 8  Monastery of San Marco
c. 1439 - 1445
Fresco
1.92 m x 1.675 m
The National  Museum of San Marco, Florence

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”  
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.  
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”  
8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid
Mark 16: 1 - 8.


12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  
13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  
14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.  
15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.  
16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.  
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.  
18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.  
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  
21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  
23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  ... 
29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?  
30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,  
“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”