The resurrected and transformed body of Jesus was the first bit of the material universe to be redeemed, and it is a pledge that the whole will one day be transformed.
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The death and resurrection of Christ (central, historical, physical, biblical, and theological truths) constitute the gospel. If this foundation is lost, the whole superstructure will collapse.
-John Stott: from today's reading in Through the Bible Through the Year, page 278