Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.— John Piper
Relaxing Easter quotations
How many there are ... who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God.
Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about.
Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.
Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
To a Christian, Easter Sunday means everything, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
'Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian holidays that move in sync, like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics.
Most people outside of America won't get it.
It's the Easter bunny. It's another lie and I don't understand why we had to invent this character.
Christ died. He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left not silver or gold, but something far better-His PEACE!
Do we believe that there is equal economic opportunity out there in the real world, right now, for each and every one of these groups? If we believed in the tooth fairy, if we believed in the Easter Bunny, we might well believe that.
Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.
In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.
The metaphor is so obvious. Easter Island isolated in the Pacific Ocean — once the island got into trouble, there was no way they could get free. There was no other people from whom they could get help. In the same way that we on Planet Earth, if we ruin our own [world], we won't be able to get help.
A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.
There's no such thing as too much power!
Without Easter, Good Friday would have no meaning.
Without Easter, there would be no hope that suffering and abandonment might be tolerable. But with Easter, a way out becomes visible for human sorrows, an absolute future: more than a hope, a divine expectation.
I'm a little hoarse tonight. I've been living in Chicago for the past two months, and you know how it is, yelling for help on the way home every night. Things are so tough in Chicago that at Easter time, for bunnies the little kids use porcupines.
The simple fact that the Christian fellowship, founded on belief in Jesus' resurrection, came into existence and flourished in the very city where he was executed and buried is powerful evidence for the historicity of the empty tomb.
I'd been brought up on the Upper East Side in a WASP society, which was death on crutches.
In the bonds of Death He lay Who for our offence was slain;
But the Lord is risen to-day, Christ hath brought us life again, Wherefore let us all rejoice, Singing loud, with cheerful voice, Hallelujah!
Our old history ends with the Cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.
It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.
The U.S. needs to control the Middle East, the gateway to Asia. It already has military installations in Uzbekistan.
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.
The message of Easter is not that Jesus is alive, it is so much more.
The message of Easter is that Jesus has risen!
I accept the resurrection of Easter Sunday not as an invention of the community of disciples, but as a historical event. If the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on that Easter Sunday were a public event which had been made known...not only to the 530 Jewish witnesses but to the entire population, all Jews would have become followers of Jesus.
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.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Do not put all your eggs in one basket.
There's nothing better than a good, blind referee.
For I remember it is Easter morn, And life and love and peace are all new born.
To many Americans, everything from the Easter morning to the Ascension had to be made up by the groveling enthusiasts as part of their plan to get themselves martyred.
Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God's scheme ultimately leads back to the cross.