The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus must surely rank as one of the most religiously contentious issues ever. Science, by virtue of its empiricist base, would quite rightly reject notions of the physical resurrection of a very dead body. Science would probably also reject the whole idea of Ascension, physical or otherwise. In bygone days, any opposition to the once all-powerful Church position that Jesus was resurrected physically, would certainly have bought an immediate death sentence and execution. Yet the very Scripture we use as the introduction to this particular Chapter clearly states that precise rules hold unequivocal sway for all, including The Son of God Himself Whose words we accept they are.
Physical resurrection and ascension! What should reason and objective logic tell us about it? We are surely enjoined by the Living Law Itself to employ what all humans are gifted with, the attribute to think and weigh with intelligence, logic and reason. If forcibly locked into either an earthly-empirical or a fundamentalist-religious framework, the issue under discussion here might appear to be satisfactorily validated for some, perhaps even for many.
In the final analysis, however, an event such as a physical resurrection and ascension, which radically departs from “natural” processes, cannot be held up as being logical in any way whatsoever. Correct clarification, therefore, must inherently rely on the truth and outworking of the very Laws that Jesus Himself stated could not be overthrown. And which He, according to the lawful parameters thus contained within them, also had to submit to at His death.
Because our mandate derives from the Perfection of The Spiritual Laws, we can also now seriously question and challenge the second crucial part of this particular essay i.e., the strong, entrenched belief within probably most Christian communities that a physical resurrection and ascension is somehow valid. To this end a key question needs to be asked with regard to the “resurrection” of Jesus. Can a man, any man, in a flesh and blood physical body weighing somewhere around 70 to 80 kilograms and very surely pronounced dead, realistically rise from that dead state to then live some kind of physical reality, eternally?
Whilst we certainly accept that Jesus was able to call the dead to life, it was done so under the strictest aegis of the Living Law, of Which He Himself Was and Is a Living Part. [The full explanation of the processes surrounding earthly death may be read in later Chapters of Bible Mysteries.] If we therefore employ the knowledge of Spiritual Law to apply the processes of death to the fate of Jesus, we are left with His irrefutable statement – that we must often reiterate – that He had not come “to overthrow The Law, but to fulfil it”. Not just to fulfil it to a somehow convenient earthly-belief level, but to fulfil it completely. He, therefore, was also subject to all the natural and lawful processes that mark earthly death. As it must be in every single case, those processes for Him, too, called for the normal exit of His “inner animating core” from the mortal cloak He was obliged to take upon being born of a woman on Earth.
So if we now track to the end of Jesus’ life, the extremely tenuous rationale offered to ostensibly support a “physical resurrection” has always been that He had to have risen in a physical body simply because His own was not in the tomb in which He was placed. In its supposed “reasoning” such a one-dimensional view is akin to medieval superstition. Quite clearly, Jesus had no choice but to vacate His tortured, bleeding and dying body on that “cross of death” when His time of exit thereupon arrived. Jesus died a physical death, as all who are born onto the Earth must.