He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive—I Corinthians 15:20-22

“The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the foundation stones of Christianity. It was the seal of the great work that he came on earth to do. It was the crowning proof that the ransom he paid for sinners was accepted, the atonement for sin accomplished, the head of him who had the power of death bruised, and the victory won.”—J.C. Ryle

“The happy ending has never been easy to believe in. After the crucifixion the defeated little band of disciples had no hope, no expectation of resurrection. Everything they believed in had died on the cross with Jesus. The world was right, and they had been wrong. Even when the women told the disciples that Jesus had left the stone-sealed tomb, the disciples found it nearly impossible to believe that it was not all over. The truth was, it was only the beginning.”—Madeline Engle

“Resurrection – not progress, not evolution, not enlightenment, but a call from heaven to us: ‘Rise up! You are dead, but I will give you life.’ That is what is proclaimed here, and it is the only way that the world can be saved.”—Karl Barth

“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 of the dawn.”—G.K. Chesterton

“Awake sad heart, whom sorrow ever drowns;

       Take up thine eyes, which feed on earth;

Unfold thy forehead gather’d into frowns:

       Thy Saviour comes, and with him mirth:

                                       Awake, awake;

And with a thankfull heart his comforts take.

       But thou dost still lament, and pine, and crie;

       And feel his death, but not his victorie.

Arise sad heart; if thou dost not withstand,

       Christ’s resurrection thine may be:

Do not by hanging down break from the hand,

       Which as it riseth, raiseth thee:

                                       Arise, Arise;

And with his buriall-linen drie thine eyes:

       Christ left his grave-clothes, that we might, when grief

       Draws tears, or bloud, not want an handkerchief.”

—George Herbert (“The Dawning”)

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