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Explain why the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus are important for Christians today.

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Explain why the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus are important for Christians today. Life is about being prepared and Christians today are prepared for death, suffering and resurrection. We are ready for the extremities of life but we cannot handle it sometimes, but because of Jesus and his teachings Christians are able to learn a lot from his example. The Last Supper Jesus and his disciples had reminds us to be prepared. Jesus talks to his disciples and tells them "You have to be prepared to drink from the same cup." The cup symbolises the suffering of Jesus and his disciples, if they drank from the cup it meant they had to be willing to make sacrifices and follow Jesus as a Christian. Jesus promised that if his disciples follow him that they would gain eternal life back and will be rewards a hundred times over. Suffering is hard in life and there will be situations where you will undergo bad times, but life is not equated with happiness and Jesus has suffered for us, he suffered with extreme pain in order to save us and free us from our sins. ...read more.

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Jesus' suffering enables the new covenant to be formed with Christians and God, bringing them closer to one another. Suffering can make you strong, for example, Peter. Peter was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus and he denied Jesus three times and suffered the consequences. He felt weak and upset when he had done this, but the outcome was positive as he became stronger and he took a different approach to life. Peter put the past behind him and became a leader to early followers; Peter truly became the rock in which Jesus believed he would be. In the end he was willing to die for his beliefs and from this the new religion Christianity begun. Another example is Roy Castle who was an entertainer and musician, in his early career he went to a lot of clubs and played there, and a lot of smoking occurred in the clubs, a few years later Roy was diagnosed with cancer, but instead of using his suffering in a negative way, he tried to make it better for future people with cancer and try and raise the awareness of how serious passive smoking actually is. ...read more.

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The Commission is also important to Christians, because when Jesus resurrected he gave orders to his disciples that they were to go and preach the gospel to the whole world. Jesus told his disciples that they would be able to heal the sick, drive out demons and be able to speak a language that everyone would understand and most importantly be baptised. Baptism is essential if you were to become a Christian it was a way to cleanse your sins and it would decide whether you would go to Heaven or Hell. Without this Christianity probably would not be one our largest religions in the world today. Some Christians wear crosses around a necklace; there are two different types symbolising two different things. If you wear a cross with a figure on it, Jesus, then atonement is very important to you but if you wear a plain cross then the resurrection is important Overall this is why the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus are important for Christians today, they appreciate more from life, without suffering they will not be able to mature and have a further understanding of life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gurleen Chaggar ...read more.

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