“Peace has in it confidence in the Lord: that He directs all things, provides all things, and that He leads to a good end.” - Arcana Caelestia §8455
Kempton New Church

Day 44: April 8


And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome had bought spices, that when they came they might anoint Him. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the sepulcher as the sun was rising. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll away for us the stone from the door of the sepulcher? And when they looked, they beheld that the stone was rolled away; for it was very great. And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right, arrayed in a white robe; and they were astounded. But he says to them, Be not astounded. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified; He is risen; He is not here; see, the place where they put Him. But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him, as He said to you. And going out quickly, they fled from the sepulcher, with trembling and amazement; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. (Mark 16:1-8)

As the Lord’s Human was glorified, that is, made Divine, He rose again after death on the third day with His whole body, which does not take place with any man; for a man rises again solely as to the spirit, and not as to the body. (Doctrine of the Lord 35:9)

Heaven does not consist of any angels created in the beginning, nor hell of any devil and his crew, but solely of those who have been born men. (Last Judgement 22)


As with many things He did, Jesus shows us the process we will all go through after a fashion. Eternal life begins immediately after death on the third day, not at some distant era in the future. In fact we could even say eternal life begins every day, since our choices are written on our spirits and continue with us after death in our spiritual bodies. What choices do you want your eternal character to be defined by?

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