The Resurrection as the Beyond of the Crucifixion
For Barth the resurrection is the central point of illumination from which to look back upon the life, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ as he moves toward this ultimate end. The event of 'the awakening or resurrection from the dead of the crucified and dead Jesus Christ': is undoubtedly the sure ground and basis from which the New Testament witnesses could look back to the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, but also to the way which led and had to lead to this goal, to what this way and goal implied for themselves and all men, to the happening which broke catastrophically upon us all in and with Jesus Christ. Barth begins with the resurrection of Jesus Christ de facto. Barth identifies five features characteristic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as depicted in the New Testament.