But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
Two thousand years ago, a group of people came out from Israel with a great message. Overcome with joy these people went to the streets and screamed at the top of their lungs - preaching - crying tears of joy because of the message they wish to share to every single man and woman that they come across.
So, what was the message? Well it's amazing.
Jesus of Nazareth, the carpenter's son, prophet and spiritual teacher, was resurrected after three days of being dead.
Now that's an amazing claim.
As absurd as it sounds a lot of seem to have believed it. They held it close. Very close to their heart and to their religious identity They were ready to die for that belief.
The resurrection is and has always been the central event that defined Christianity. St. Paul went to far as to preach its centrality when he wrote:
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.…The resurrection shows us that Jesus was truly God-incarnate. That God has indeed chosen to become historically present on Earth.The resurrection is quite an impossible claim to defend or to even share. I mean, explaining something that profound could not only stir your mind, it would also leave you with second thoughts if it truly happened.
- 1 Corinthians 15:13-14
And yet here we are: We are Christians who believe that this event had really happened even after 2000 years. The godforms of the past who were dying-and-rising: Osiris, Mithras, Dionysus and Attis were mirrors prefiguring the great Triumph of Christ of the Cross and over Death. These mythical godforms entered historically into our consciousnesses when Jesus of Nazareth died and was raised from the dead.
As esoteric Christians, we believe that the symbol of the resurrection is indeed true for each and everyone of us. We have the capacity to become divine as the Master Jesus was divine. We are Christs who do not know it yet. We have to suffer and die to our own selves, carry our cross and die the death to the world in order for us to actualize that we have been called to resurrection. And once resurrected, we become one with the Supreme.
As Christ was victorious so too us. The resurrection of Christ is our hope for transcendence in a plane of existence full of suffering. Suffering can be the gateway to the knowledge of who we truly are as the Master Jesus showed us with his suffering on the cross and his resurrection.
Let us rejoice! Christ has risen! Christ-within-us has truly risen!