The Beginning of the End

He is Risen

Christ’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s rebellion. That rebellion is still going on in the Spirit of hope and will be completed when, together with death, ‘every rule and every authority and power’ is at last abolished (1 Cor. 15:24).

–Jürgen Moltmann


C. S. Lewis on the Resurrection


The worse thing is not the last


The gospel story line


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

empty-tombEaster is a reminder
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


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

Unstoppable love

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Through the cross,
God showed that
even killing God
cannot put God off
from relating to
and loving us.
He rose again to tell us.

–John Goldingay

Losing your faith—finding Jesus


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

Not the end of the story


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

The reversal of sadness


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


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

The best news ever

The best news
the world has ever had
came from a graveyard
near Jerusalem.


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