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Chapter 7 - About the Resurrection, Ascension & Second Coming of Jesus Christ

  • 166. Q. When did our Lord rise from the dead?
    A. He rose the third day after the crucifixion.
  • 167. Q. What is the meaning of the word "Resurrection?"
    A. That means that our Lord reunited His body and soul together.
  • 168. Q. Which body and soul did He reunite?
    A. He reunited the body and soul He had before His death.
  • 169. Q. Can you prove that He had the same body
    and soul even after His resurrection?
    A. Yes, He showed His pierced hands, legs
    and sides to St. Thomas, the Apostle, and
    others (John 20:20, 27, 30)
  • 170. Q. Was there any change in His body after the resurrection?
    A. Yes, His body had a great glory; His
    disciples did not recognize Him (John 21:4,12);
    Jesus entered into the room where
    they sat, while even the doors were locked.
    (John 20: 19-26) and such other incidents
    are recorded. Even our bodies too will be
    glorious in the resurrection if we live in
    accordance with Christ's commandments.
  • 171. Q. But, even before His death, did He not
    walk on the sea, and was he not transfigured on the mount?
    Did He not then work various miracles?
    A. Those incidents were only the signs of the
    glory which He had in Himself always.
    This glory was hidden before resurrection;
    but we see it clearly now.
  • 172. Q. How many days did Christ live on earth after His resurrection?
    A. He lived on earth for 40 days after His
    resurrection, i.e., till He ascended into heaven.
  • 173. Q. What did He do these forty days?
    A. He taught His disciples to build the
    Church. "After He had suffered, with many
    wonders during the forty days, while
    appearing to them and talking with them
    concerning the Kingdom of God " (Acts 1:3). It is so written.

    174. Q. What is the meaning of the word "Ascended" used in the Creed?
    A. That means that Christ entered into heaven with His soul and body.
  • 175. Q. Now where is our Lord?
    A. He now sits at the right hand of the
    Father. (Mark 16:19; Heb. 8:1; Psal. 110:1).
  • 176. Q. "What is the meaning of the expression of "the right hand of the Father"?
    A. That means "the place of highest glory and authority" (Ephe.l:20—22; Phil 2:9,10).
  • 177. Q. Why did our Lord ascend into heaven?
    A. There are 5 reasons for doing so:—
    1. Just to receive in His Humanity too,
    the glory He had with His Father in
    His Godhead, even before the world was
    made. It is written: "So now, Oh! My
    Father, glorify Me with You with the
    same glory which I had with You
    before the world was made” (John 17:5).
  • 2. To send the Holy Spirit. For Christ
    has said "......If I do not, go away, the
    Comforter will not come to you; but if
    I should go I will send Him to you" (John 16:7).
  • 3. Just to bring everything into order for
    the completion of His Church, About
    this it is stated “....has put all things
    under His feet, and made Him, who is
    above all things, the Head of the Church.” (Ephe. 1:20—23).
  • 4. To prepare a place for us. Jesus Himself
    has said “In My Father's house there
    are many rooms, if it were not so
    I would have told you. I am going to
    prepare a place for you. And if I go
    and prepare a place for you I will come
    again and take you to Me; so that
    where I am you may also be" ( John 14:2-3).
  • 5. To be our High Priest in heaven.
    The Scripture says "We have therefore
    a great High Priest who has ascended
    into heaven, Jesus Christ, the Son of
    God; let us remain firm in His faith" (Heb. 4:14).
  • 178. Q. Did Christ refrain from His priestly duties
    after the fulfilment of His sacrifice on the cross?
    A. No, He is a priest for ever after the
    order of Malchizadeck (Psl 110:4, compare
    what St. Paul the Apostle says in Heb. 7:15, 21-24).

    179. Q. Has our Lord no authority in the Church
    since He has ascended into heaven?
    A. He has. We read in the Holy Bible, "Thy
    Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom and
    Thy dominion endureth throughout all
    generations" ( Psa. 145:13); "The Lord is
    righteous in all His ways, and Holy in
    all His works" (Psa. 145:17, verse 13 as
    is seen in Assyrian/Aramaic Version of Psalms) and
    “The Lord, hath sworn and will not lie.
    Thou art a priest; for ever in, the likeness
    of Malchizadeck" (Psa. 110:4; Heb 7:15, 21, 24).
  • 180. Q. Right. But what do you assert by this?
    A. I assert by this that our Lord Jesus
    Christ who is both God and man and our
    Saviour and the Great High Priest, lives
    for ever and governs unceasingly.
  • 181. Q. Do not some people who worship the idols
    and serve the goddess give those authorities to a sinful man now?
    A. Yes, They give all these authorities to a
    “man of sins" now. But they go astray
    from the truth; because, they could not
    have said or done so if they had believed
    that our High Priest lives for ever and ever.
  • 182. Q. How does He become our High Priest?
    A. It is written about this that, " .. He did
    not enter with the blood of goats and calves,
    but by His own blood, He entered in once,
    into the Holy place, and obtained for us
    everlasting redemption” (Heb. 9:12) and
    that ''....but this man, because He is
    immortal, has a priesthood which remains
    for ever. Therefore He is able for ever
    to save those who come to God by Him
    because for ever He lives to make inter-
    cession for them" (Heb. 7:24-25).
  • 183. Q. If this is so, who are then the priests of
    the Church of God such as the Patriarch and his subordinates?
    A. The Scripture describes them as "the
    servants of Christ and stewards of the
    mysteries of God" (1 Cor. 4:1) and
    "Ministers through whom you are converted" (1 Cor. 3:5), etc.
  • 184. Q. If Jesus Christ intercedes for us with
    the Father, is He not of a leaser status than the Father?
  • A. No, As He too is God, He speaks as if
    one talks with his fellow man. Compare
    the prophecies of Zechariah in connection
    with the passions of our Saviour (Zach. 13:7).
  • 185. Q. When will Jesus come to this world again?
    A. He will come on the last day to judge the nations (Psa. 67:4).
  • 186. Q. Will all men be judged?
    A. Yes, On the last day all that is living
    and the dead will be judged; so we confess in the Creed.
  • 187. Q. How will the dead be judged?
    A. St. Paul, the Divine Treasurer, says,
    "Behold I tell you a mystery; we shall
    not all die, but we shall be changed in a
    moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at
    the last trump, for the trumpet shall
    sound and the dead shall be raised incorrup-
    tible and we shall be changed" (1 Cor. 15:51-54).
  • 188. Q. What for will we be judged?
    A. We will be judged for all the good or
    evil we have done in the world. "For
    we must all stand before the judgment seat
    of Christ; that everyone may be rewarded
    according to that which he has done with
    his body, whether it be good or bad"
    (2 Cor. 5:10). Compare this with what
    the Eccleciastes says in the 12th Chapter 14th verse.
  • 189. Q. How will Jesus come to judge us?
    A. He comes with the same body He had in
    this world (Acts 1:11) but with greater
    authority and glory. Jesus Himself has
    said, "When the Son of Man comes in
    His glory, and all His holy angels with
    Him, then He will sit upon the throne
    of His glory" (Matt. 25:31).
  • 190. Q. Does man know when the day of judgment will be?
    A. No, Nobody knows the exact time. Jesus
    will come at a time when His coming is
    least expected; just like a thief at night.
    For we read in the scriptures “for you
    yourselves know perfectly well that the day
    of our Lord comes just like a thief in
    the night" (1 Thess. 5:2; Rev. 1:3).
  • 191. Q. What should we understand from this?
    A. We ought to leam from this that we
    should ever be wakeful as we do not
    know when the house-owner comes (Mark 13 :35).
  • 192. Q. What will our Lord do then to those who have done good?
    A. He will make them stand at His right
    hand and say, "Come, ye blessed of My
    Father, inherit the Kingdom which had
    been prepared for you from the foundation
    of the world" (Matt. (25:34).
  • 193. Q. What will He do to those who have done evil?
    A. They will be shifted to His left side and
    He will say to them, "Go away from Me,
    you accursed, to the everlasting fire which
    is prepared for the adversary and his angels" (Matt. 25:41).
  • 194. Q. What do we learn from this?
    A. We learn from this that we should
    immediately turn from our sins and repent
    and that we must be careful to the highest
    degree during our life time.

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