The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the foundations upon which the Christian faith is built, and numerous individuals -of all faiths and none – have commented on this unique historic occurrence. Keep The Faith magazine has compiled together the thoughts about Easter from a range of preachers, world figures and from Scripture. Enjoy.
“The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over, no matter what my circumstances.”
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people, and Hallelujah is our song.”
Pope John Paul II
“A Man, who was completely innocent, offered Himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including His enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’”
“The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope, which makes us have that confidence in God, in His ultimate triumph, and in His goodness and love, which nothing can shake.”
Basil Hume, Former Archibishop of Westminster
“The primary source of the appeal of Christianity was Jesus – His incarnation, His life, His crucifixion, and His resurrection.”
Kenneth Scott Latourette, Historian and Missionary
“Here is the amazing thing about Easter: the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ, in the dying moments on the cross, gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible.”
“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered, in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them, and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.”
“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”
Clarence W Hall, Author
“Surely, He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross, where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.”
George Bernard, excerpt from hymn ‘Old Rugged Cross’
“Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.”
Charles M Crowe, Pastor
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