Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Christianity is born as a religion because of the resurrection experience of Christ's followers. It is born, not because of what Jesus said and did in his lifetime, but because of the experience and conviction of his followers after his death.
They experienced the Risen Jesus alive in a new way that made it possible for him to live within them and enable them to live in this new way, not just in the future, but right now. They saw the Risen Jesus as the beginning of a new way of being human. Resurrection meant the transformation of all humans throughout all time.
On the basis of this remarkable and powerful claim, Christians within twenty-five years established communities from Jerusalem to Rome. A witness to the power of their religious experience.