Monday, March 30, 2015

quotes on Easter

Thoughts from past Easter posts as we look forward to this coming Sunday and our Easter celebration of our risen Savior….

(the following was shared in April of last year)

This is not just another holiday.  It is a holy day.  It is another day that culture has twisted, shaded and pointed in another direction.  It is the day or the weekend that we remember the death of the greatest leader of all time.  It is the time when we walk back in to the tomb and find once again, same as last time, it is empty because our Savior is alive and well.  It is a day that lifts and celebrates the radical change that Jesus Christ continues to bring to this world.

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.  Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Think about this incredible point of history, this Spiritual mountain and this day of salvation …

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

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. --- Pope John Paul II

The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake. --- Basil Hume

Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present. ---  N.T. Wright

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.  --- St Augustine

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead. --- Timothy Keller

There you have a few quotes from respected Christian leaders.  Each quote or thought digs us in a little deeper to the truth behind our Easter celebration.  Jesus is God’s son.  Jesus is our Savior.  Jesus is hope and grace and life and so much more for those of us who chose to follow Him. 

May this week lead us to think about and worship Him even more.  Easter gives us a reason to let our faith soar for our Savior is alive and well helping others be the same.

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.  Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die…

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