Death and Resurrection
Look back over history. Who have been the most influential and important people that ever lived? Politicians like Sir Winston Churchill, or scientists, like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, might spring to mind. Perhaps peace activists, such as Martin Luther King or Mother Theresa. What about inventors or engineers – those who found ways to channel electricity, built engines or computers or the world wide web?
Whoever you think of, it is likely that their legacy is felt today because of what they achieved through their life. They are remembered because the wisdom they spoke or the things they created while they lived are still important and relevant to us today. This could be said of Jesus. His teaching – his famed ‘sermons’, parables and sayings – has left its mark on our laws and language, and many people see his love and compassion as an inspiration to care for others. But as profound as his life may be, Christians would say that it is actually his death which matters most.
After three years of ministry, Jesus Christ was executed by the Romans. This might seem like a tragic end to a good man, but Christians see it as part of God’s special plan to save humankind. Jesus’ death was a sacrifice, bringing forgiveness and healing to a sinful and broken world, and Christians regularly remember and celebrate this in church through communion or the Eucharist. But this was not the end. Christians believe that three days later Jesus was resurrected, or brought back to life, as a way of proving that he was God, able to bring new life to all who believed.
These beliefs about Jesus’ death and resurrection are central to the Christian faith, and this section provides articles to help you explore these in more detail. To find out how Christians remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection, please look in our ‘Festivals’ section under ‘Easter’, or search for ‘communion’. You can find more information on key Christian beliefs, including background information on beliefs about human nature and sin, in our ‘Life’ section, under ‘Beliefs’.Bookmark