Three days after Jesus was crucified, the grieving disciples, Mary Magdalene first, saw him alive and spoke to him. He was not like someone who had been through a physical trauma and survived; he had special powers. For example, he could 'vanish out of their sight'. It was a vision convincing them that God had vindicated him.

Even if we do not believe that a supernatural God raises people from the dead, in one sense Jesus is clearly still alive or we would not still be talking about him two thousand years later. His spirit lives on and is active in many people's minds and therefore in the world.

As a good man and innocent victim of violent powers, Jesus stands for all the other victims. Liberation theology sees the poor and oppressed as the 'crucified people' and their struggle for a better life as a struggle to rise again. This resurrection will save the world, because a just and kinder world will be better for everybody, the oppressors as well as the oppressed.

Easter, whose name derives from Eastre goddess of Spring, celebrates the return of life, the victory of life over death, the conviction that (though each individual dies) life and love are stronger than death.

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