Luke 24:1-6a (NIV)
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!
Easter is about God. It is not about the resuscitation of a dead body. That’s resuscitation, not resurrection. It’s not about the “immortality of the soul,” some divine spark that endures after the end. That’s Plato, not Jesus. It’s about God, not God as an empathetic but ineffective good friend, or some inner experience, but God who creates a way when there was no way, a God who makes war on evil until evil is undone, a God who raises dead Jesus just to show us who’s in charge here. – Will Willimon
Easter says you can put truth in a grave,
but it won’t stay there. ~Clarence W. Hall
1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (NRSV)
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.
The Resurrection occurred subsequent to the riveting events of the crucifixion and burial of Christ. The fate of the soul of all humanity hung in the balance. Without the cross, there would not be a resurrection. Life after death depended on God’s grace in giving the sinless Son of God as an atonement for sin — yours, mine, the world’s. Our sinfulness was cancelled by His sinlessness; our guilt was absolved by His innocence, our penalty was paid by His sacrifice. And our newness of life was guaranteed by His triumph over the grave and death itself. – Thurman S. Doman, Jr.
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right.
Faith and Hope triumphant say,
Christ will rise on Easter-Day.
– Phillips Brooks, stanza one of An Easter Carol
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (NRSV)
When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Easter spells out beauty,
the rare beauty of new life.
Do not abandon yourselves to despair.
We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
– Pope John Paul II
Easter Psalm by Steve Garnass-Holmes
God of life made new, made new,
raise me up this day.
Easter morning, dawn in me;
loving Christ, live, new, in me.
Light of new Creation,
spread throughout my soul.
Confident morning of hope and faith,
be my new and only world.
All that would entomb my love,
all fear and pain, all doubt and shame
you have undone with love,
and rolled the stone;
the light of love floods in.
I am set free.
God of love, surpass all possibility;
love be my only power, my deepest trust,
my courage to hope, to gently bless
in the face of all evil and death.
My grave is open, by your grace:
it is open to receive, but cannot hold.
Awaken me, this new-created day,
O God of love, of life.
O anxious soul, still wrapped in death,
come out. Walk free. Walk free.
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