From the perspective of a Baha’i, myself, the Easter time is certainly one of great reflection and rejoicing. And so it is that, probably like many of my brothers and sisters in Christianity, I find myself pondering on the nature of the resurrection. In particular, from the stories of the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, what do we understand about the resurrection. Sure, there are stories about the appearance of Christ to certain believers from the day we know as Easter and afterwards. And while the vast majority of people associated with Christ at the time and since have not had the experience of a physical appearance surely the nature of resurrection is for our benefit, rather than Christ’s. So what does it mean to us that Christ has resurrected. For me it must mean that His True Nature has become apparent to me.
When I was young man, although brought with a Christian education, I found myself lost for an understanding and then a belief of Christ. When I came across the teachings of Baha’u’llah on Christ, it was like a veil lifted from my eyes, a rock lifted off my heart, a cool and calming breeze wafting across my neck and brow. Baha’u’llah extolled the being of Jesus to the highest degree. “Consider and call thou to mind the days whereon the Spirit of God (Jesus Christ) appeared, and Herod gave judgment against Him. God, however, aided Him with the hosts of the unseen, and protected Him with truth, and sent Him down unto another land, according to His promise. He, verily, ordaineth what He pleaseth. Thy Lord truly preserveth whom He willeth, be he in the midst of the seas or in the maw of the serpent, or beneath the sword of the oppressor.” (Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 57)
And about the resurrection, the insight of the true nature of Jesus, Baha’u’llah referred, “Even as Jesus said: “Ye must be born again.” Again He saith: “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” The purport of these words is that whosoever in every dispensation is born of the Spirit and is quickened by the breath of the Manifestation of Holiness, he verily is of those that have attained unto “life” and “resurrection” and have entered into the “paradise” of the love of God.” (Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 117.
And thus this insight, this recognition of the Love of God in the nature of Christ, is for me, the resurrection.