Christ’s resurrection raises our hope, because by seeing Christ our head rise again we hope that we also shall rise again… Christ raises us up first as a victor in order to set free is captive. Second, like a doctor to heal the sick. Third, like a lawyer to acquit a defendant. Fourth, like a brave person who defends the weak. Fifth, as a husband to take pleasure in his spouse. (Thomas Aquinas, Sermon on the Apostle’s Creed, 1273 AD)
Aquinas sets out five ways in which the resurrection fills the redeemed sinner with hope. First, he presents Jesus as the soldier, the one who has shown himself able to defeat evil and death- the victor. Then as the healer of our ailments, next as our legal defender from any accuser, followed by him as our personal body (spirit) guard, and finally as the one who takes pleasure in us. To deliver these gifts to us, Jesus rose from the grave.