Thoughts on Easter, while it’s still Lent


By Scott Robertson

The commemoration of Easter is, in the minds of many Christians, more central to the faith than the celebration of Christmas. Christmas gets more press because of its increasingly secular cultural surroundings, which make it more palatable to non-Christians (and the completely faithless, see also Festivus). However, it is Easter that separates Christianity from non-Christian religions, and Christ from other figures in the world’s religions.

This is the first of a two-part series of thoughts on Easter and its meaning. I’ll begin as I’m wont to do around holidays, by putting together a few thoughts about the season written or said by people much brighter, much more poetic, and in many cases, much more learned and devout, than me.


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,


–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


The Easter Bunny? It’s a lie and I don’t understand why we had to invent this character.

– Todd Rundgren


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.



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.


– Unknown author

15th century Latin hymn

Death when to death a death by death have given,

Then shall be open the long-shut gates of Heaven.

– Tombstone, Cambridgeshire, England


Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the Earth.

– Matthew 28:20


The hands of Christ seem very frail,

For they were broken by a nail.

But only they reach Heaven at last

Whom these frail, broken hands hold fast.

– John Richard Moreland

His hands


In vain with stone the cave they barred;

In vain the watch kept, ward and guard;

Majestic fro the spoiled tomb

In pomp of triumph Christ is come.

– John Mason Neale

Life up your voices


Christ is risen, Christ, the first-fruits

Of the holy harvest field,

Which will of its full abundance

At his second coming yield.

– Wordsworth

Christ is Risen


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




About Author

Comments are closed.