Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
It is, therefore, his purpose to teach us how his work is to be done in the Christian church after his resurrection, namely, that he will not reject nor cast out those who are weak in their faith, yea, not even those who are held in error or ignorance, or who are otherwise weak, fearful, and despairing. They are rather the very persons in whom he will exercise and manifest the power of his resurrection, not only by inviting them to come to him, but also by coming to them, and treating them in the gentlest and kindest way, talking with them, teaching and instructing them, yea, even eating with them, until at length they grow strong and secure in their faith; while their hearts, so sad and sorrowful for a time, are again filled with joy.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Upon a life I did not live, upon a death I did not die, I risk my whole eternity on the resurrection.
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
Lyrics below the video
1 Go to dark Gethsemane,
You who feel the tempter’s pow’r;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see;
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.
2 Follow to the judgment hall;
View the Lord of life arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suff’ring, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him to bear the cross.
3 Calv’ry’s mournful mountain climb
There’ adoring at His feet,
Mark the miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete:
“It is finished!” Hear the cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.
4 Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom;
Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is ris’n! He meets our eyes:
Savior, teach us so to rise.
If Christ had remained dead like any other ‘savior’ or ‘teacher’ or ‘prophet,’ his death would have meant nothing more than yours and mine. Death’s waves would have closed over him just as they do every other human life, every claim he made would have sunk into nothingness, and humanity would still be without hope of being saved from sin. But when breath entered his resurrected lungs again, when resurrection life electrified his glorified body, everything Jesus claimed was fully, finally, unquestionably, and irrevocably vindicated.
Greg Gilbert, What Is the Gospel? pp. 69-70
Of all … religions, Christianity alone bases its claim to acceptance on the resurrection of its Founder.
J. Oswald Sanders, The Incomparable Christ, p. 211
This resurrection of Christ is the most joyful event that ever came to pass.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)