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XII. The resurrection of the dead

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The miracles of Jesus include a number of raisings from the dead. Matthew, Mark and Luke tell of the raising of Jairus' daughter; Luke relates the resurrection of the young man at Nain, and John recounts the raising of Lazarus. As with other miracles of Jesus, it is here that Jesus did not perform any absolutely new miracles, but that the power to give life again to the dead was also ascribed to others. It is evident from the message of the Gospels that the resurrections may not be regarded as isolated facts, but that they have their place, significance and importance in the whole of Christ's words and work. The resurrection was an act of mercy. It was a proof of Jesus' power over the forces of death, sin and unbelief. It took place to glorify Jesus as the Son of God by those who were with Him.

Keywords: dead; Jesus; Lazarus; Luke; Mark; Matthew; mercy; miracles; Nain; resurrection

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