C. S. Lewis on the Resurrection

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A Bold Statement

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The resurrection
is God’s triumphant
proclamation that
death is not the end,
that injustices of the past
are not forgotten,
that evil will not
for ever triumph.
     –David Gooding,
     & John Lennox,
     

The Funeral of God

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not at the end
but at the beginning
of her centuries,
that the funeral
of God is always
a premature burial.
   
 –G. K. Chesterton

The worse thing is not the last

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The gospel story line

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Out of the cross comes the resurrection.
Out of weakness comes real strength.
Out of repentance and admitting
you are weak comes real power.
Out of giving away and serving others
comes real strength.
Out of generosity and giving
your money away comes real wealth.
That’s the gospel story line.

–Tim Keller

Turning tragedy into a parade

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Tragedy isn’t an easy thing to kill… Tragedy must be destroyed by someone willing to be swallowed by it, willing to be broken, torn out of the flesh, but able to return to it. Someone must be able to shatter the tragic from within and exit into comedy, able to rip a hole so wide that a train of souls, a parade, could follow after, banging drums and throwing candy as they strolled into the sun.

― N. D. Wilson
The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed
Wonder in God’s Spoken World

A vital reminder

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that God is not hostage
to one’s lack of faith.
Nobody was believing or looking
for it when it happened.

–Chris Seidman

The Defeat of Death

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The Dance Begins

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Now is the shining fabric of our day
Turn open, flung apart, rent wide by love.
Never again the tight, enclosing sky,
The blue bowl or the star-illumined tent.
We are laid open to infinity,
For Easter love has burst His tomb and ours.
Now nothing shelters us from God’s desire‚
Not flesh, not sky, not stars, not even sin.
Now glory waits so He can enter in.
Now does the dance begin.

–Elizabeth Rooney

Losing your faith—finding Jesus

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Sometimes you have to lose your faith to find Jesus.

Two travellers on their way to Emmaus had a collection of beliefs. They were confident about their doctrinal positions, secure in their theological convictions. It was all so Scriptural.

Everything looked so promising.

When suddenly the whole thing collapsed.

Their convictions fell apart at the seams when their Messiah didn’t set up his kingdom as expected. He got himself crucified.

Not exactly a Grand Finale.

It all ended in disaster.

And now with hopes dashed, they were going back home. Faith was gone and despair had taken its place. It was all over.

And that’s when they met Jesus.

The Jesus who breaks out of sealed tombs and overcomes invincible enemies. The Jesus who surprises, shocks and astounds. The Jesus who overthrows our preconceived ideas. The Jesus whose ways are bigger, deeper and richer than ours. The Jesus who shows up where we least expect him.

The Jesus who brings hope to troubled hearts.

The Jesus who still meets bewildered people on Emmaus roads.

–Jurgen Schulz

Forgiveness confirmed

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Let no one mourn
that he has fallen
again and again;
for forgiveness has risen
from the grave.

–John Chrysostom
(c. 347 – 407)

The undoing of sadness

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On the journey

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The resurrection stories reveal the always-present tension between coming and leaving, intimacy and distance, holding and letting go, at-homeness and mission, presence and absence. We face that tension every day. It puts us on the journey to the full realization of the promise given to us.

–Henri J. M. Nouwen

They knew it happened

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The historical case for the Resurrection is that everybody else, except the Apostles, had every possible motive to declare what they had done with the body, if anything had been done with it.

The Apostles might have hidden it in order to announce a sham miracle, but it is very difficult to imagine men being tortured and killed for the truth of a miracle which they knew to be a sham.

—G. K. Chesterton
As I Was Saying

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Not the end of the story

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The Resurrection means
that when the worst thing
that could possibly happen
does happen, it is not 
the end of the story.
It is the beginning
of the Real Story.

–J.O. Schulz

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The dawn of a new creation

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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 the dawn.

—G. K. Chesterton
The Everlasting Man

Only by Dying

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IF DEATH WAS TO be truly defeated, it was only by dying himself that Jesus believed he could defeat it. If he was to reach the hearts of men, it was only by suffering his own heart to be broken on their behalf that he believed he could reach them. To heal the sick and restore sight to the blind; to preach good news to the poor and liberty to the captives; to wear himself out with his endless teaching and traveling the whole length and breadth of the land—it had not worked because it was not enough. There had to be more. “He set his face to go to Jerusalem,” the Gospel says, and it was a journey from which he seems to have known that he would both never return and return always even unto the end of time and beyond.

–Frederick Buechner

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Impossible to nail down

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We can never nail him down,
not even if the nails we use
are real ones and the thing
we nail him to is a cross.

–Frederick Buechner
The Magnificent Defeat

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The way out of the grave

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Christianity has had
a series of revolutions
and in each one of them
Christianity has died.
Christianity has died
many times and risen again;
for it had a God who knew
the way out of the grave.

–G. K. Chesterton
The Everlasting Man

The reversal of sadness

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The resurrection of Christ means
everything sad is going to come untrue
and it will somehow be greater
for having once been broken and lost.

–Tim Keller

When Christ left the grave

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When Christ left the grave, it was not merely an announcement that there is a hereafter and a life beyond, it was the shattering of history by a creative act of God Almighty. In this cosmic event God was doing something comparable only with what He had done at the first creation.

This was the beginning
of a new era for the universe,
the decisive turning-point
for the human race.

In the Resurrection the new age had arrived, and this stupendous miracle signified the storming of history and the transforming of the world.

—James S. Stewart
A Faith to Proclaim

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