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EASTER
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[ Also see Christ Christ (Saviour) Churches Death of Christ Good Friday Holidays Redemption Religion Resurrection Resurrection of Christ Sabbath Theology ]

Jesus Christ is risen to-day,
  Our triumphant holy day;
    Who did once upon the cross
      Suffer to redeem our loss.
        Hallelujah!
      - Unattributed Author,
        Jesus Christ is Risen To-day,
        from a Latin hymn of the 15th century (translator unknown)

All Christian worship is a witness of the resurrection of Him who liveth for ever and ever. Because He lives, "now abideth faith, hope, charity."
      - Lyman Abbott

Thine, O death, was the furrow; we cast therein the precious seed. Now let us wait and see what God shall bring forth for us. A single leaf falls--the bud at its axil will shoot forth many leaves. The husbandman bargains with the year to give back a hundred grains for the one buried. Shall God be less generous? Yet, when we sow, our hearts think that beauty is gone out, that all is lost. But when God shall bring again to our eyes the hundredfold beauty and sweetness of that which we planted, how shall we shame over that dim faith that, having eyes, saw not, and ears, heard not, though all heaven and all the earth appeared, and spake, to comfort those who mourn.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XV, v. 20)

Awake, thou wintry earth--
  Fling off thy sadness!
    Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
      Your ancient gladness!
        Christ is risen.
      - Thomas Blackburn, An Easter Hymn

Yes, He is ris'n who is the First and Last;
  Who was and is; who liveth and was dead;
    Beyond the reach of death He now has pass 'd,
      Of the one glorious Church the glorious Head.
      - Horatius Bonar, D.D.

O Risen Christ! O Easter Flower!
  How dear Thy Grace has grown!
    From east to west, with loving power,
      Make all the world Thine own.
      - Phillips Brooks

Up and down our lives obedient
  Walk, dear Christ, with footsteps radiant,
    Till those garden lives shall be
      Fair with duties done for Thee;
        And our thankful spirits say,
          "Christ arose on Easter Day."
      - Phillips Brooks

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, An Easter Carol

A happy and a glorious Easter will this one be to all of us who get a new vision of the risen Christ, and prostrate ourselves in humble adoration at His feet, and cry out: "Rabboni! Rabboni!" Then shall we set our hearts, lifted into a new atmosphere, on things above, and reach an actual higher life. We shall know more of what it is to live by Christ, in Christ, for Christ, and with Christ, till we reach the marvelous light around the throne in glory.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Ye Heavens, how sang they in your courts,
  How sang the angelic choir that day,
    When from his tomb the imprisoned God,
      Like the strong sunrise, broke away?
      - Rev. Frederick William Faber, Jesus Risen

Christ is risen from the dead, and thus His own words have been justified. Christ is risen from the dead, and thus God has given Him the sign of His Messianic mission. The final and absolute seal of genuineness has been put on all His claims, and the indelible stamp of a divine authority upon all His teachings. The resurrection spans and binds the sacred Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. Christ is risen from the dead, and every promise of God is yea and amen in Him.
      - Bishop Samuel Fallows

Our faith in God asks of Him a risen Redeemer, and the faith is answered in a Saviour raised from the dead.
      - Bishop Samuel Fallows

It is the conqueror-Death. He carries a black flag, and he takes no prisoners. He digs a trench across the hemispheres and fills it with the carcasses of nations. Fifty times would the world have been depopulated had not God kept making new generations. Fifty times the world would have swung lifeless through the air--no man on the mountain, no man on the sea--an abandoned ship plowing through immensity. Again and again has He done this work with all generations. He is a monarch as well as a conqueror; his palace a sepulchre; his fountains the falling tears of a world. Blessed be God, in the light of this Easter Morning I see the prophecy that his sceptre shall be broken and his palace shall be demolished. The hour is coming when all who are in their graves shall come forth. Christ risen, we shall rise. Jesus--"the first-fruits of them that slept."
      - Richard Flanders,
        Death of a Fundamentalist,
        a sermon given April 25, 1886

Hail, Day of days! in peals of praise
  Throughout all ages owned,
    When Christ, our God, hell's empire trod,
      And high o'er heaven was throned.
      - Saint Venantius Honorius Fortunatus,
        Hail, Day of Days! in Peals of Praise

Jesus lives, to Him the Throne
  Over all the world is given,
    May we go where He is gone,
      Rest and reign with Him in heaven.
        Alleluia!
      - Christian Furchtegott Gellert

He who burst the bars of death was thereby declared to be the Son of God with power. Since the resurrection morning there has never been--there could not be--the slightest question as to His final rulership of the world. Death was conquered, Satan was conquered, and He proclaimed the wearer of the name above every name. His final triumph was hence merely a question of the fullness of time. And He is now seated at the right hand of the Father, from henceforth expecting till His enemies are made His footstool. This Easter morning certifies us of that approaching day, and with, as it were, the foregleams of its glory on our faces and the stirrings of its mighty joy in our hearts, bids us watch and pray and look for the coming of the King.
      - E.P. Goodwin

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a certainty. If any fact, not merely of Christianity, but of history, stands on an impregnable foundation, this does.
      - E.P. Goodwin

This Easter-time brings us the assurance that when He comes and shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God, believers who sleep in Christ and those then living will be caught up together to meet Him in the air, and all will be, as in the twinkling of an eye, transformed and transfigured and possessed of bodies as perfect and as glorious as His own and in these glorious and resplendent bodies we shall reign and rejoice forever.
      - E.P. Goodwin

We greatly need the cheer of this precious Easter truth. We make too little of the place our Lord has gone to prepare for us. We rob ourselves greatly when we try to reduce heaven to a mere state of ecstatic feeling. We need the cheer which comes of having the eye of faith fixed on the better country and the city that hath the foundations. Such a certainty of an inheritance that is real and that cannot fade away goes far to mitigate the pangs which come of the fires and floods and disasters and frauds which so often despoil God's people of their earthly possessions; for we know that the things seen are temporal, but the things not seen are eternal, and they are only a few heart-beats away.
      - E.P. Goodwin

Whoever, therefore, is a true believer has of necessity an indefeasible hope, an absolute certainty of salvation. He shares the resurrection of Christ. His sins are as absolutely buried out of God's sight as the body of Christ was buried in the tomb from the light of day. They can no more touch and spoil his hope than they can touch and condemn the risen Lord. All true children of God are now, because of His resurrection, wholly and forever justified, assured absolutely that they are now heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and waiting only for the day of full and final deliverance and glorification.
      - E.P. Goodwin

In every grave on earth's green sward is a tiny seed of the resurrection life of Jesus Christ, and that seed cannot perish. It will germinate when the warm south wind of Christ's return brings back the spring-tide to this cold sin-cursed earth of ours; and then they that are in their graves, and we who shall lie down in ours, will feel in our mortal bodies the power of His resurrection, and will come forth to life immortal.
      - David Gregg

Let all the jubilant sounds of earth swing up in one resonant wave of triumphant song. Let us robe ourselves in the sunny gladness of a hope so bright--the hope that defies death, and reaches across all the breadth of graves, and clasps the hand of an immortal friend, and says through any hour of sorrow, "It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him"--waking or sleeping, for, waking or sleeping, we are the Lord's; and while it thus chants its faith, hears, rising slow and sweet, and with an olden pathos, out of the deeps of ancient days, the quenchless faith of a twilight child of God: "I know that my Redeemer liveth: * * * and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God."
      - Isaac Massey Haldeman

Preach the defeat of death and the triumph over the grave as historic facts; preach it as the great middle truth, as the potent truth out of which all others of our faith flow forth; keep it ever lifted up as the justification of all our best endeavors; preach it as the one great thing that rails off the children of God from the children of death; hold it out as the beacon across all the dark waters of time's tumult; throw it out in the face of human fears; and tell it increasingly with joy.
      - Isaac Massey Haldeman

Christ hath arisen! O mountain peaks, attest--
  Witness, resounding glen and torrent wave!
    The immortal courage in the human breast
      Sprung from that victory--tell how oft the brave
        To camp midst rock and cave,
          Nerved by those words, their struggling faith have borne,
            Planting the cross on high above the clouds of morn!
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans


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