Sunday, April 01, 2018

He IS Risen, of His Own Power

There is a bit of biblical wackydoodle going on out there in the 'net world having to do with the nature of the Resurrection.

Some would have it thus:  "....He has been raised...." which implies something far different from "He IS risen."

So we go to the books.  Here's the Revised Standard:

5: And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. [R] [+]
6: And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. [R] [+]
7: But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you."

"He HAS RISEN....."

OK, then Douay:

5 And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. [R] [+]
6 He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid. [R] [+]
7 And going quickly, tell ye his disciples that he is risen: and behold he will go before you into Galilee; there you shall see him. Lo, I have foretold it to you.

"He IS RISEN...."

Now King James:

5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. [R] [+]
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. [R] [+]
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

We could go on.

The New American (NAB) and the NRSV have the less-than-adequate text " He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said."

Contrast the teaching of the Catholic Encyclopedia:

...As the Divine power which raised Christ from the grave was His own power, He rose from the dead by His own power (John, ii, 19; x, l7-18)....

The Nicene Creed in relevant part:  "Resurrexit tertia die, secundam Scripturas..."  where the verb is third person singular past perfect "He rose"

Not incidental:  the Latin text of today's Introit is this:

Resurrexi et adhuc tecum suum, ...

"Resurrexi" is the past perfect first person singular "I rose, and am with you...."

Christ is God.  He raised Himself.  No one else "raised him."

Keep the faith!

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