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Nowhere in Scripture is the Resurrection described. Instead we have descriptions of the empty tomb and a variety of appearances of the risen Jesus. We do not see him walk out of the tomb as Lazarus did or get up from his bed as Jairus’s daughter did. He is not a ghost or spirit. He can be touched and can eat food. But he is totally different. He appears among them, but they don’t always recognize him. Mary Magdalene thinks he is the gardener until he speaks her name. The disciples on the way to Emmaus realize who he is only when he breaks bread with them. Jesus’ Resurrection is the beginning of a new creation, the promise of new life for all humanity. The focus is not on the events but on the encounters with the risen Christ.