Thoughts on Easter

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By Scott Robertson

The commemoration of Easter is, in the minds of many, if not most, Christians, more central to the faith than the celebration of Christmas. Christmas gets more attention in the larger community because of its increasingly secular cultural surroundings, which make it more palatable to non-Christians (and the completely faithless). However, it is Easter that separates Christianity from non-Christian religions, and Christ from other figures in the world’s religions. What follows is a series of thoughts on Easter from those much wiser than I. If you commemorate Easter, enjoy these. If not, well, here’s something to think about while you eye that chocolate bunny.

 

During the first 13 centuries after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, no one thought of setting up a creche to celebrate Christmas. The pre-eminent Christian holiday was Easter, not Christmas.

- Nancy Pearcey

 

The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.

- Henry Knox Sherrill

 

Awake thou wintry Earth – Fling off they sadness!

Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth you ancient gladness!

Christ is risen!

-Thomas Blackburn

An Easter Hymn

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

 

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;

Faith and Hope triumphant say

Christ will rise on Easter Day.

- Phillip Brooks

An Easter Carol

 

But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust.

-  Sir Walter Raleigh

 

It is the hour to rend thy chains, the blossom time of souls.

- Katherine Lee Bates

 

“Welome happy morning!” age to age shall say.

Hell today is vanquished; Heaven is won today.

-
Bishop Fortunatus of Poitiers

 

“Christ the Lord is risen today,”

Sons of men and angels say;

Raise your joys and triumphs high;

Sing, ye heavens, and Earth reply.

-
Charles Wesley

Christ the Lord is Risen

 

Rise, heart; thy Lord is risen.

Sing his praise without delays.

Who takes thee by the hand likewise

with him mayst rise;

that as His death calcined thee to dust,

His life may make thee gold,

and much more, just.

- George Herbert

The Church: Easter

 

Easter, so longed for, is gone in a day.

-James Howell

 

God expects from men that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.

- Robert South

 

Thou art the Sun of other days;

They shine by giving back thy rays.

- John Keble

The Christian Year: Easter Day

 

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.

- Robert Flatt

 

On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.

- Douglas Horton

 

In the bonds of death he lay

Who for our offence was slain;

But the Lord is risen to-day

Christ has brought us life again.

Where fore let us all rejoice,

Singing loud with cheerful voice,

Hallelujah!

- Martin Luther

In the Bonds of Death

 

Tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.

- Anonymous

 

Spring bursts to-day,

For Christ is risen and all the Earth’s at play!

- Christina Rosetti

Easter Carol

 

He who on the cross a victim

For the world’s salvation bled,

Jesus Christ the King of Glory,

Now is risen from the dead.

- Christopher Wordsworth

The Resurrection

 

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

- Martin Luther

 

Faith is like a lilly, lifted high and white.

- Rosetti

 

Lift your glad voices in triumph on high;

For Jesus hath risen and man cannot die.

- Henry Wake Jr.

Lift Your Glad Voices

 

Jesus Christ is risen today,

Our triumphant holy day;

Who did once upon the cross

Suffer to redeem our loss.

Hallelujah!

- Unknown author

15th century Latin hymn

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whomsoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

- John 3:16

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