The resurrection of Jesus is given to us as the confirmation or evidence that He was indeed free in laying down His life. And so the resurrection is Christ’s testimony to the freedom of His love. …Of all the great things that Easter means, it also means this: it is a mighty ‘I meant it!’ behind Christ’s death. I meant it! I was free. You see how free I am? You see how much power and authority I have? I was able to avoid it. I have power to take up My life out of the grave. And could I not, then, have devastated My enemies and escaped the Cross? My resurrection is a shout over My love for My sheep: It was free! It was free! I chose it. I embraced it. I was not caught. I was not cornered. Nothing can constrain Me to do what I do not choose to do. I had power to take My life from death. And I have taken My life from death. How much more, then, could I have kept My life from death! I am alive to show you that I really loved you. I freely loved you. Nobody forced Me to it. And I am now alive to spend eternity loving you with omnipotent resurrection love forever and ever. Come to Me, all you sinners who need a Savior. And I will forgive you and accept you and love you with all My heart forevermore. — John Piper, Love To The Uttermost
In the bonds of Death He lay
Who for our offence was slain;
But the Lord is risen today,
Christ hath brought us life again,
Wherefore let us all rejoice,
Singing loud, with cheerful voice,
Hallelujah! — Martin Luther
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right;
Faith and Hope triumphant say
Christ will rise on Easter Day. — Phillips Brooks
Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! #Easter #morning #lily #sun #Son
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives — Paul the Apostle, Romans 6:4
More Old Testament foretellings were realized during the crucifixion than on any other day. Twenty-nine different prophesies, the youngest of which was five hundred years old, were completed on the day of Christ’s death. What are the odds of such a constellation? …Mathematician Peter Stoner estimates the probability of just eight prophesies being fulfilled in one lifetime this way: ‘Cover the state of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars. On one dollar place one mark. What is the probability that a person could, on the first attempt, select the marked dollar? Those are the same odds that eight prophesies would be satisfied in the life of one man.’ — Max Lucado
We know more about the burial of the Lord than we know of any single character in all of ancient history. We know infinitely more about his burial than we do the burial of any Old Testament character, of any king of Babylon, Pharaoh of Egypt, any philosopher of Greece, or triumphant Caesar. We know who took His body from the cross; we know something of the wrapping of the body in spices, and burial clothes; we know the very tomb in which his body was placed, the name of the man who owned it, Joseph, of a town known as Arimathaea. We know even where this tomb was located, in a garden nigh to the place where He was crucified, outside the city walls. We have four records of this burial of our Lord, all of them in amazing agreement, the record of Matthew, a disciple of Christ who was there when Jesus was crucified; the record of Mark, which some say was written within ten years of our Lord’s ascension; the record of Luke, a companion of the apostle Paul, and a great historian; and the record of John, who was the last to leave the cross, and, with Peter, the first of the twelve on Easter to behold the empty tomb. — Dr. Wilbur Smith
Poetry Saturday—When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
When I survey the wondrous Cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
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Some great reading (and watching) from the past couple of days.
“This generation has yet to prove all that prayer can do for believing men and women.” —A.W. Tozer
“Come, my heart, be calm and hopeful today. Clouds together, but the Lord can blow them away. Since God will not fail me, my faith shall not fail; and as He will not forsake me, neither will I forsake Him.” —Charles Spurgeon
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'Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried, has descended into hell.' With these words we are taught that He has accomplished our redemption in view of which He was born mortal man, for, the disobedience of man having provoked the wrath of God, He effaced it by His obedience, rendering Himself obedient to the Father even to death. And by His death Jesus offered Himself to the Father in sacrifice in order to pacify His justice once for all times, to the end that all believers might be eternally sanctified, and eternal satisfaction be accomplished. He has shed His sacred blood for the price of our redemption in order to extinguish the wrath of God inflamed against us and to purge away our iniquity. — John Calvin