God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.'
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.
On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.
For He departed, and behold, He is here.
- St. Augustine
I want to be as historically accurate as possible. Does anyone know exactly what time Jesus handed out all the chocolate Easter eggs?
Celestial spirit that doth roll
The heart's sepulchral stone away,
Be this our resurrection day,
The singing Easter of the soul
O gentle Master of the Wise,
Teach us to say: I will arise.
Richard Le Gallienne
Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing.
I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me,
though he may die, he shall live.
And whoever lives and believed in Me shall never die.
- John 11:25 - 26
Jesus cannot forget us; we have been graven on the palms of his hands.
- Lois Picillo
O the Easter bells are gladly ringing, Let the whole world join the happy lay, Let the hills and vales break forth in singing, Christ, the Lord of Life, is ris'n today.
Luke associates John with Peter in Acts, when, after the Resurrection, that strange boldness had come upon the disciples.
The Lord will fight for you.
Just be still.
Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there.
- Clarence W. Hall
Easter so longed for is gone in a day.
- James Howell
Earth's saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart!
- Susan Coolridge
It is the hour to rend thy chains,
The blossom time of souls.
~Katherine Lee Bates
See the land, her Easter keeping, Rises as her Maker rose. Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping, Burst at last from winter snows. Earth with heaven above rejoices...
O chime of sweet Saint Charity, Peal soon that Easter morn When Christ for all shall risen be, And in all hearts new-born! That Pentecost when utterance clear To all men shall be given, When all shall say My Brother here, And hear My son in heaven!
James Rusell Lowell
He takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.
Dwight L. Moody 9
To a Christian, Easter Sunday means everything, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
People respond when you tell them there is a great future in front of you, you can leave your past behind.
We were old sinners - but when we came to Christ we are not sinners anymore.
Joel Osteen Read
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
Robert H. Schuller
The Bible tells us that God will meet all our needs. He feeds the birds of the air and clothes the grass with the splendor of lilies. How much more, then, will He care for us, who are made in His image? Our only concern is to obey the heavenly Father and leave the consequences to Him.
God had brought me to my knees and made me acknowledge my own nothingness, and out of that knowledge I had been reborn. I was no longer the centre of my life and therefore I could see God in everything.
Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.
The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.
And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!
Edna Dean Proctor, "Easter Bells"
Well pleaseth me the sweet time of Easter
That maketh the leaf and the flower come out
Bertran de Born
Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Spanish Student
Ye sleeping buds, break
Open your green cerements, and wake
To fragrant blossoming for His sweet sake.
Margaret French Patton
Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals.
Charles M. Crowe
God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.
Robert South, Sermons
Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise."
You'll wake up on Easter morning, And you'll know that he was there, When you find those choc'late bunnies, That he's hiding ev'rywhere.
Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.
- Charles M. Crowe
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...
Phillips Brooks, "An Easter Carol"
The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years;
But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amid the war of elements,
The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.
The fasts are done; the Aves said;
The moon has filled her horn
And in the solemn night I watch
Before the Easter morn.
So pure, so still the starry heaven,
So hushed the brooding air,
I could hear the sweep of an angel's wings
If one should earthward fare.
~Edna Dean Proctor, "Easter Morning"
For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.
Alice Freeman Palmer
Thou art the Sun of other days.
They shine by giving back the rays.
John Keble, The Christian Year: Easter Days
See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices...
Once more to new creation Awake,
and death gainsay,
For death is swallowed up of life,
And Christ is risen today!
George Newell Lovejoy
There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou - Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.
Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
Christ the Lord is risen today, Sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.
Christ has not only spoken to us by his life, but has also spoken for us by his death.
~ Soren Kierkegaard
If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:14
A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.
~ Andrew Murray
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
Pope John Paul II
No man can follow Christ and go astray.
William H.P. Faunce
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Miguel de Cervantes
Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.
- S.D. Gordon
Those have a short Lent, who owe money to be paid at Easter.
I believe in one God, the first and great cause of goodness. I also believe in Jesus Christ, the rebirth of the world. I also believe in the Holy Ghost, the comforter.
Death is strong, but Life is stronger.
Jesus didn't say. I am finished he said. It is finished. He was just getting started.
Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.
Floyd W. Tomkins
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.
Because he lives, I can face tomorrow, Because he lives, all fear is gone; Because I know he holds the future, and life is worth the living, just because He lives!
Angels, roll the rock away;
Death, yield up thy mighty prey:
See, He rises from the tomb,
Glowing with immortal bloom.
Thomas Scott, "Easter Angels"
He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Let everything you do be done in love.
Let us rejoice.
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
(1 Peter 1:3)
For as by a man came death, by a man has come the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.
(1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died-more than that, who was raised- who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; on him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by his stripes we are healed.
As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
(1 Corinthians 6:14)
who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
(1 Peter 1:21)