Bright Wednesday (2015)

While we know from the New Testament that not all Jews believed in the resurrection (Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:8), there is much evidence that belief in the resurrection was part of the normal prayer life of many Jews at the time of Christ. David Instone-Brewer offers a prayer from the Eighteen Benedictions Palestinian version written about 70CE:

“You are powerful, humbling the proud;

Strong, and judging the violent;

Alive forever, raising the dead;

Making wind blow and dew fall;

Sustaining the living, reviving the dead.

Like the fluttering of an eye,

Make our salvation sprout.

Blessed are you Lord, reviving the dead.”

(TRADITIONS OF THE RABBIS FROM THE ERA OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, p 98)

Christianity believes God fulfilled all of His promises and prophecies offered in the Old Testament in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christ is risen!   Truly He is risen!