I broke out a number of theological, historical, and poetic writings on the resurrection this week, which is my normal Holy Week custom. From smiles to tears, my heart was over and over shot through with astonishment at God’s love for me, for us… for the world.
I culled a few gems from my readings this week, and I’ve posted them below for your reflection and edification as together we rejoice in the hope of the empty tomb. He is risen! He is risen indeed!
“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 we proclaim, and it is the only way that the world can be saved.”—Karl Barth
“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 L’Engle
“Therefore, we divide the substance of our salvation between Christ’s death and resurrection as follows: through the death, sin was wiped out and death extinguished; through his resurrection, righteousness was restored and life raised up, so that—thanks to his resurrection—his death manifested its power and efficacy in us.” —John Calvin
“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