If ever you are tempted to say, “I wish someone were to die and leave me something in his will,” allow me to tell you, “Someone has!”
On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.
G. K. Chesterton
And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
The resurrection is an exploding flare announcing to all sincere seekers that it is safe to believe. Safe to believe in ultimate justice. Safe to believe in eternal bodies. Safe to believe in heaven as our estate and the earth as its porch. Safe to believe in a time where questions won’t keep us awake and pain won’t keep us down. Safe to believe in open graves and endless days and genuine praise.
How different is the epitaph on the tomb of Jesus! It is neither written in gold nor cut in stone. It is spoken by the mouth of an angel and is the exact reverse of what is put on all other tombs: “He is not here; for he is risen, as he said.” (Matthew 28:6)
The benefits [of the resurrection] are innumerable. To list a few: Our illnesses don’t seem nearly so final; Our fears fade and lose their grip; Our grief over those who have gone on is diminished; Our desires to press on in spite of the obstacles is rejuvenated… Our identity as Christians is strengthened as we stand in the lengthening shadows of saints down through the centuries, who have always answered back in antiphonal voice: “He is risen, indeed!”
Dost thou understand me, sinful soul? He wrestled with justice, that thou mightest have rest; He wept and mourned, that thou mightest laugh and rejoice; He was betrayed, that thou mightest go free; was apprehended, that thou mightest escape; He was condemned, that thou mightest be justified; and was killed, that thou mightest live; He wore a crown of thorns, that thou mightest wear a crown of glory; and was nailed to the cross, with His arms wide open, to show with what freeness all His merits shall be bestowed on the coming soul; and how heartily He will receive it into His bosom?
Christianity begins where religion ends- with the resurrection of Christ.
A very learned man once said to a little child who believed in the Lord Jesus, “My poor little girl, you don’t know whom you believe in. There have been many christs. In which of them do you believe?” “I know which one I believe in,” replied the child. “I believe in the Christ who rose from the dead.”
Just think: Every promise God has ever made finds its fulfillment in Jesus. God doesn’t just give us grace; he gives us Jesus, the Lord of grace. If it’s peace, it’s only found in Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Even life itself is found in the Resurrection and the Life. Christianity isn’t all that complicated…it’s Jesus.
Joni Eareckson Tada
The Cross is a picture of violence, yet the key to peace, a picture of suffering, yet the key to healing, a picture of death, yet the key to life.
When at Easter Sunday, so fair to see,
Time bowed before Eternity.
To give you an idea of the depth of Jesus’ suffering, being abandoned by God is the definition of hell.
Christ has made of death a narrow starlit strip between the companionships of yesterday and the reunions of tomorrow.
William Jennings Bryan
If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen- nothing else matters.
The only shadow on the cloudless Easter day of God’s victory is the poverty of my own devotion, the memory of ineffective hours of unbelief, and my own stingy response to God’s generosity.
A. E. Whitman
Jesus went through an unfair trial in our place so that we would not have to face a fair trial and receive the well-deserved punishment for our sins.
Life Application Study Bible
Easter is to our faith what water is to the ocean, what stone is to the mountain, what blood is to the body.
Vital Christian experience comes from knowing Jesus as the living Saviour. Two irreligious young men were discussing the resurrection, telling each other why it was impossible for them to accept the doctrine. Then a deacon of a near-by church walked by, and in a joking way one of the young fellows called to him, “Say, Deacon, tell us why you believe that Jesus rose again.” “Well,” he answered, “one reason is that I was talking with Him for half an hour this very morning.” We may all experience proof of the resurrection of Christ in the acknowledging of His living presence in our lives. No one who knows Jesus personally questions the resurrection.
Christ has turned all our sunsets into dawns.
Clement of Alexandria
That the Potter should die for His clay is a stupendous miracle.
He came not to a throne,
but to a manger.
He lived not as a king,
but as a servant.
He chose not an earthly kingdom,
but a cross.
He gave not just a little,
Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the cross of Jesus Christ. The cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain in time or eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the cross: He switched the whole of the human race back into a right relationship with God.
The Easter message tells us that our enemies, sin, the curse, and death, are beaten. Ultimately they can no longer start mischief. They still behave as though the game were not decided, the battle not fought; we must still reckon with them, but fundamentally we must cease to fear them any more.
The ascension of Christ is his liberation from all restrictions of time and space. It does not represent his removal from the earth, but his constant presence everywhere on earth.
When Jesus cried, “It is finished,” He did not take away the conflict, the contest, the fight. No! He took away only your defeat.
I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek; at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died. And that is what He died about.
The resurrection never becomes a fact of experience until the risen Lord lives in the heart of the believer.
The battle- our battle- against every temptation that can ever try to take us on has already been won on that first Easter morning. All we’re involved in is a mopping up operation.
Dale Evans Rogers
The resurrection that awaits us beyond physical death will be but the glorious consummation of the risen life which already we have in Christ.
D. T. Niles