G. K. Chesterton — On the third day…

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

Max Lucado — The resurrection is an exploding flare…

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.
Max Lucado

Charles Swindoll — The benefits of the resurrection…

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!”
Charles Swindoll

John Bunyan — Dost thou understand me, sinful soul…

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?
John Bunyan

Joni Eareckson Tada — Just think: Every promise God has made…

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

Watchman-Examiner —

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.
Watchman-Examiner

George MacLeod — I simply argue that the cross be raised again…

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.
George MacLeod