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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’.

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Death and Resurrection Articles

Did Jesus have to die?

Exploring ideas of sacrifice in the Old Testament

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Salvation

Did Jesus have to die?

Exploring ideas of sacrifice in the Old Testament

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One of the biggest questions about Jesus’ death is – why? If God can do anything, surely He could forgive people just by saying the word. Was it really necessary that Jesus died? If you’re asking this question, you’re not alone. Theologians have been exploring […]

The cross

What do Christians believe happened when Jesus died?

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Why did Jesus die?

The cross

What do Christians believe happened when Jesus died?

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Is anyone perfect? Is it even worth trying to be perfect? What is sin? Is there any consequence to sin? What does it mean for us that Jesus died on the cross? Find out a Christian view about sin, the impact it has on us […]

Jesus and the Passover

How does Jesus fulfill the Passover?

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Rev Ralph

Jesus and the Passover

How does Jesus fulfill the Passover?

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Rev. Ralph explains the importance of the Passover celebration to Jews, and how Jesus is seen by some people as the fulfillment of the Passover.

Resurrection evidence

What happened to Jesus' body?

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LIFE-WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN

Resurrection evidence

What happened to Jesus' body?

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After Jesus was crucified, his body was placed in a cave and a large rock was rolled in front of the entrance. Roman guards were ordered to stand and keep watch over it to ensure that the body wasn’t stolen. However, after three days, Christians […]

Sin – what is it?

What do Christians mean by the word 'sin'?

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Sin – what is it?

What do Christians mean by the word 'sin'?

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Christians often talk about Jesus’ death as a way of bringing forgiveness for sin. But what is sin? Play the game and then read the explanation below. To play the game: The aim of the game is to fire a cannon ball from one side […]

Jesus’ death

What do Christians believe about why Jesus died?

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JESUS-CROSS

Jesus’ death

What do Christians believe about why Jesus died?

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Jesus died by being crucified. ‘Crucifixion’ means nailed to a cross. The cross was then lifted up outside the city walls (in Jesus’ case, Jerusalem) so everybody could see it. The people on the cross were then left to die in the hot sun. It […]