|Three Marys at the Tomb, William Bouguereau|
Jesus' resurrection had a profound impact on the early Church. Just look at the incredible transformation that occurred among the Apostles who preached this truth to their martyrdom! Some were crucified, others were killed in other horrific ways.
What would lead a man to preach something so profound as "Christ is Risen," in the face of certain death, if he were not completely convinced of what he was preaching?! Nothing, that's what! The Apostles witnessed Christ risen in the realest sense. They saw the resurrected Lord, spoke with him, ate with him, and were able to physically touch him (St.Thomas touched his wounds). They did not give their lives for the sake of a "good man," a "good teacher," or someone who just "spiritually" rose from the dead. They gave their life for the Resurrected Messiah! Hundreds of thousands of Christians would later do the same.
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