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Sermon 587 : The Impossibly Good News of Easter : Easter
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We have heard the proclamation "Jesus is risen" for so long now, that we aren't aware just how strange it was to Christ's contemporaries. Beliefs on what happened after death ranged from the traditional Jewish thought that humans descended into an underworld of gloom and boredom, to the intellectual idea that the soul would escape from the body and dwell elsewhere. But the shock of the disciples, the level of detail in today's Gospel, demonstrate how remarkable this occasion was-Jesus, who they had seen die on the cross, is again flesh and blood. He is risen.