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SAMUEL SWAIN MITCHELL
American clergyman
(1839 - 1919)

A bare seed is the former. Look into the wheat bin. There lie the bare seeds--the natural bodies--but no artist would think of sitting down before them. Now turn your eyes upon the field of living grain as the winds of summer billow its surface. What beauty--what a glory! The bare grains have risen from death in a body of living green, matchless in the splendor of a new and a higher material body. So is the resurrection of the human form. It is sown corruptible--it is raised incorruptible; it is sown in weakness--it is raised in power; a low, inferior, imperfect body is sown--one of glorious perfection rises up from this, as from a seed. There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body, and the former comes first--is the seed of the latter? As we have borne the image of the earthly, so also shall we bear the image of the heavenly.
      - [Easter]

For forty centuries, in one unbroken column, the race of man had been marching into the shadows. And of all the millions who had descended into the shadowed valley, not one had ever returned. No dead human form through all the centuries had risen up into a post-mortem life. There was in all Earth's area not one empty grave. No human heart believed, no human voice declared that there was such a grave--a grave robbed by the power of a victor stronger than man's great enemy death. It was therefore a new and wonderful message which the Apostle communicated, when unto the dying race of man he lifted up his voice in the words: "One human form has risen from the dead; one grave of earth is empty; the man Christ Jesus who was dead, is alive again."
      - [Easter]

Over all earth's scarred and grave-ridged surface it kindled the light of this great hope: These moldering ashes may live again in human form. By the testimony of the senses Jesus is alive from the dead, and by the emptiness of Joseph's sepulcher, by Mary's risen Son, the resurrection, is not incredible. Bereaved hearts may wrap themselves around with its sweet hope; human graves may be made vocal with its promise! the dying race of man come unto victory through faith.
      - [Easter]


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