A look at Jesus’ death, resurrection
To the editor:
A letter (Mar. 29) quoted the King James Version of Luke 18:33 saying Jesus “shall rise again” as if he would be resurrected twice. No Christian believes that, so why quote one of the translation errors in the KJV? The RSV doesn’t include the word “again” in that passage.
The letter questioned the validity of the Good Friday/Easter Sunday tradition regarding the most important events in the life of Christ.
His life, death, and resurrection are valid despite false traditions about them.
The Bible doesn’t say Jesus died on Friday and was resurrected Sunday morning, a period less than three days and nights in length. His burial in the afternon of the day he was crucified means his resurrection also occurred in the afternoon to fulfill the three days and three nights prophecy.
It is assured Jesus died on Friday because the next day was a “sabbath” which would usually be Saturday. However, if it was an annual (not weekly) sabbath it could be any day of the week.
Many sabbatarian Christians (like me) believe in a Wednesday crucifixion and Saturday resurrection. (The tomb was already empty Sunday morning).
The letter also asked how Jesus could be the eternal God when he died.
He was a member of the God family of supreme beings (Elohim in Hebrew) before his birth into the human family. As a human being he was mortal like us.
Trinitarianism contradicts the way the Bible identifies God. A triune God is falsely defined as one spirit being with three personalities (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) that cannot be individual entities.
The bible says that God sent his son to be born into the human family. God raised him from the dead after his crucifixion. Jesus called the Fater “the one true God,” as the superior supreme being.