"Nothing less than a witness as awesome as the resurrected
Christ could have caused those men [apostles]
to maintain to their dying whispers that Jesus is alive."
"Without the resurrection Jesus Christ would still be in
the grave like all other founders of religious groups
but Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and is alive today seated in heaven at the right of God. While the death of Jesus
provides for the forgiveness of my sin, it is Jesus' resurrection that gives me hope of eternal life."
"Christianity begins where religion ends...with the resurrection."
[Herbert Booth Smith ]
"The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit
Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in."
"Jesus cannot forget us; we have been graven on the palms of his hands."
"We believe that the history of the world is but the history of His influence and that the center of
the whole universe is the cross of Calvary.
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
[Jesus Christ - John 11:25, 26]
"The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over
no matter what my circumstances."
"Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness."
[Floyd W. Tomkins]
"Easter says you can put truth in the grave but it won't stay there."
[Clarence W. Hall]
"In the bonds of Death He lay Who for our offence was slain; But the Lord is risen to-day, Christ hath brought us life again,
Wherefore let us all rejoice, Singing loud, with cheerful voice, Hallelujah!"
"Christ the Lord is risen to-day," Sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high;
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply."
"Christ is risen! With this victorious cry the gospel has passed through the lands. The message of the cross is
at the same time a message of resurrection [Acts 1:22; 2:32]. In this lies its invincibility."
"Live in the awareness that Christ lives and that He lives in His people."
[Julien B. Weil]
"The resurrection of the dead is the chief truth of the
Christian faith....He who takes away the resurrection
mantles our future with Egyptian darkness. To take away the resurrection is to leave man with
no preeminence above the beast....Other doctrines are important; this is one of the essentials."
[Robert L. Moyer]
"The point is not that the resurrection is the price paid for our sins.
The point point is that the resurrection proves the death of Jesus is an all-sufficient price.
If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then his death was a failure,
God did not vindicate his sin-bearing achievement, and we are still in our sins."
[John Piper commenting on 1 Corinthians 15:17]
"And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified:
he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him."
"The tomb of Christ is famous because of what it DOES NOT CONTAIN."
"The cross is the victory, the resurrection is the triumph...The resurrection is the public display of the victory,
the triumph of the crucified one."
"What reason have atheists for saying that we cannot rise again?
That what has never been, should be, or that what has been, should be again?
Is it more difficult to come into being than to return to it."
"For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins."
[1 Corinthians 15:16, 17]
"They have all the artlessness of simple honesty. They furnish just such testimony as the facts would warrant,
and such as plain people convinced beyond any question or doubt would give. They have all the signs of veracity."
[Doremus H. Hayes - Comments on the resurrection narratives found in the four Gospels.]
"Men point to the sad incidents of human life on earth, and
they ask “Where is the love of God?”
God points to that Cross as the unreserved manifestation of love so inconceivably infinite
as to answer every challenge and silence all doubt for ever.
And that Cross is not merely the public proof of what God has accomplished;
it is the earnest of all that He has promised."
[Sir Robert Anderson]
"The biggest fact about Joseph's tomb was that it wasn't a
tomb at all - it was a room for a transient.
Jesus just stopped there...on His way back to glory."
[Herbert Booth Smith]
"The resurrection proclamation could not have been maintained in Jerusalem for a single day, for a single hour,
if the emptiness of the tomb had not been established as a fact."
David F. Strauss in his denial of the resurrection stated that the resurrection is "...centre of the centre,
the real heart of Christianity as it has been until now."
[David F. Strauss 1804 - 1874]
"Apart from the resurrection of Jesus, the eschatological orientation of the church...appears
as the spoke of a wheel without a hub."
[Richard R. Niebuhr]
"Dost thou understand me, sinful soul? He wrestled with justice, that thou mightest have rest;
He wept and mourned, that thou mightest laugh and rejoice;
He was betrayed, that thou mightest go free; was apprehended, that thou mightest escape;
He was condemned, that thou mightest be justified; and was killed, that thou mightest live;
He wore a crown of thorns, that thou mightest wear a crown of glory; and was nailed to the cross,
with His arms wide open, to show with what freeness all His merits shall be bestowed on the coming soul;
and how heartily He will receive it into His bosom?"
"The resurrection asserts a truth which is by no means
always written legibly for all men on the face of nature.
It tells us that the spiritual is higher than the material; that in this universe spirit counts for more than matter."
[H. P. Liddon]
"The benefits [of the resurrection] are innumerable. To list a few:
Our illnesses don't seem nearly so final;
Our fears fade and lose their grip;
Our grief over those who have gone on is diminished;
Our desires to press on in spite of the obstacles is rejuvenated...
Our identity as Christians is strengthened as we stand in the lengthening shadows of saints
down through the centuries, who have always answered back in antiphonal voice: 'He is risen, indeed!'"
"For I delivered to you first of all that which I also
received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures...
And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable."
[Apostle Paul - 1 Corinthians 15:3,4,17-19 NKJV]