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Quotes for Easter – On the Resurrection

I hate to jump ahead of Holy Week, but for those preparing early for Easter, here are some quotations on the resurrection.  Check the Archives for quotes on the cross and atonementwhich may be helpful for Holy Week.

From N.T. Wright in Simply Christian:

Resurrection was something which, in Jewish s people at the very end, not to one person in the middle of history. p. 107

This is the launch pad for the specifically Christian way of life. That way of life isn’t simply a matter of getting in touch with your inner depths. It is certainly not about keeping the commands of the distant deity. Rather, it is the new way of being human, and the Jesus-shaped way of being human, the cross and resurrection way of life, the spirit led pathway. It is the way which anticipates, in the present, the full, rich, glad human existence, which will one day be ours when God makes all things new.  p. 222

Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith and Jewel Lake Goldsmith, in Speaking of Dying:

The gospel in its essence is surely the story of God’s goodness the creation of all that is the loving and redemptive action of God in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise that finally God will transform all that is into a final incomprehensibly wonderful new creation. p. 26

The popular cultural tendency is to believe in a kind of guaranteed and automatic immortality. That is not the Christian understanding. Christians take death very seriously and have since a time of Jesus., when any idea of the resurrection of the dead was a far off hope. The resurrection of Jesus was an astonishing event. It did not install a regime of immortality. The rather was only the first of the new creation, one in which God would raise the dead. There is nothing in humans that automatically survives death. There is only the power and grace of God that showed his love overcame death. The hope for in it in eight immortality can lead to a trivialization of death. Christians are aware of the seriousness and threat of physical death. Instead of hoping there is some seed of immortality within themselves that would guarantee a safe passage to a better place, the Christian throws all his or her hopes on to God, whose power created all there is in whose power can be trusted to raise again all that which dies. p. 126

 Luke Timothy Johnson in  The Creed,

A careful reading of the entire new Testament suggests that the resurrection experience involved both Jesus and his followers, took place not only on the single day later known as Easter but continuously, and consisted of the presence of the risen Jesus among his followers through the Holy Spirit. p. 12

The truth of the resurrection is not simply that Jesus is no longer among the dead, but that he now shares the life and power of God. p. 178

T. W. Manson in The Servant Messiah.  Cambridge: University Press, 1961:

The Resurrection means above all just this, that Christians do not inherit their task from Christ, they share it with him.  We are not the successors of Jesus, but his companions. (emphasis original),  p. 98

C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity:

Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with ever fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” p. 190 (Final paragraph in the book)

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Quotes for Holy Week – On Atonement

Forgiveness costs. Whatever the theory of atonement, this is at the heart of it, that forgiveness costs.

–Richard John Neuhaus,  Death On A Friday Afternoon,  p. 15

The crucifixion of Jesus set men (sic) thinking more than anything else that has ever happened in the life of the human race. And the most remarkable fact in the whole history of religious thought is this: that when the early Christians looked back and pondered on the dreadful thing that had happened, it made them think of the redeeming love of God.

–D. M. Baillie in God Was in Christ: An Essay on Incarnation and Atonement  p. 184

The first things to say about theories of atonement are all, in themselves, abstractions from the real events. The events-the flesh and blood, time and space happenings-are the reality which the theories are trying to understand but cannot replace. p. 94

All theories of atonement adequate to the task must include both a backward look (seeing the guilt, sin and shame of all previous generations heaped up on the cross) and a forward dimension, the promise that what God accomplished on Calvary will be fully and finally implemented. p. 96

NT Wright in  Evil and the Justice of God

 Also, See Holy Week Quotes on the Cross


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Quotes on the Lord’s Prayer….Our Father


  • We do not call God “Father” because we have had certain positive experiences with our biological fathers and therefore project those experiences upon God.  Rather, all human fathers are measured, judged, and fall short on the basis of our experience of God as Father.  God the Father stands as judgment against all human fatherhood.  — William Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas in Lord, Teach Us, p. 31


  • This God who is unveiled in Christ is the God our world needs today.   — Rufus Jones in  The World Within, p. 5


  • In a study group, I heard author John Killinger claim that “Jesus was God’s answer to the problem of a bad reputation.”  Killinger believes that reconciliation finally occurs when we let Jesus “show us the Father” and disproves forever the serpent’s distortion.    — John Claypool, in StorieJesus Still Tells,  p. 49


  • The more mature and knowing men [sic] became, they more they learned to know life, the more they realized how graceless, how fatherless, how terribly orphaned the world is.  –Helmut Thielicke in Our Heavenly Father, p. 20

See Also:

Quotes on the Lord’s Prayer –  Thy Kingdom Come

Quotes on the Lord’s Prayer – Forgive us…



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