Jesus’ power as the Son of God was revealed to us through His Resurrection.
Jesus raised Himself from the dead on the third day as He had promised He would. His Resurrection gave the final proof that He was God’s Son.
Until the Resurrection, He remained humbly obedient even unto death, and by gloriously raising Himself from the dead, He was exalted as Lord of all. Jesus raised Himself from the dead on the third day as He had promised He would. His Resurrection gave the final proof that He was God’s Son, as He had claimed to be. By conquering bodily death through His own power, Jesus showed Himself to be master of life and death. He is truly our God and Savior.
In the many centuries from Adam until Jesus, there were great numbers of men and women throughout the world who believed in God and obeyed His laws. Since such souls were not deserving of eternal punishment, they lived after death in a state of happiness but without any vision of God.
Jesus appeared with His human soul to these souls while His body lay in the tomb, to announce to them the glad tidings of the redemption, and to bring them to God the Father (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 631-637). During this time, His divine Person remained united both to His body and to His soul. In the Apostles’ Creed we say: “He descended into Hell.”
Jesus rose from the dead in a glorified body, a body glorified even as the bodies of the just will be after their resurrection at the end of the world. It was a body that could no longer suffer or die; a body that showed forth the brightness and beauty of a soul united with God; a body that could pass from place to place with the speed of thought; a body that could pass through a solid wall; a body that needed neither food, nor drink, nor sleep. It is in and through His risen and glorified body that Jesus makes Himself available to mankind through His Church. His divine power is at work especially in the sacraments, providing the grace we need for Salvation and sanctification.