Christ Is Risen from the dead, trampling down death with death.
Eastern Orthodox hymn

WOMEN in first-century Jewish culture were not given credibility in a court of law; their testimony was not considered reliable. So why [do the Gospel writers] say that women discovered the tomb empty, even though it hurts their case in the view of their audience? I believe it's because they were trying to accurately record what actually took place.
Lee Strobel, Beliefnet interview

FOLLOWING JESUS doesn't get us where we want to go. It gets us to where Jesus goes, where we meet him in Resurrection surprise: "My Lord and my God!"
Eugene H. Peterson, The Jesus Way

EASTER would hardly have been, for two thousand years, the spring and center of Christian life and prayer, would hardly have provided the focus of Christian worship and the form of Christian hope, if the word Easter were simply the name of something that once happened in the past.
Nicholas Lash, Easter in Ordinary

WE currently suffer physical limi-tations, we get weary in our work, and we groan in our illnesses. We do so knowing that the full redemption of our bodies is promised. Our hope is to have glorified bodies like that of our risen Lord! This is in marked contrast to Greek philosophy of immortality of the soul or the rational aspect of the self in a future escape from the body. … [We] believe in resurrection and in a transformed body. We will have our identity in all eternity.
Myron S. Augsburger, Soli Deo Gloria

LOOK FORWARD to holy Easter with joy and spiritual longing.
Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of St. Benedict

THOSE first-century Jews who expected the Resurrection saw it as a single event, the raising to new bodily life of all at the very end. But it is central to Paul and, ...

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