The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid. For I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. For He has risen, as He said.— Matthew 28:5-6
“The Gospel of Grace says that God does not stand against me, that He is not and never will be my enemy, and that He has so arranged things by the mystery of Christs’ death and resurrection that at any time—before, during, or after any of my sins, past or future—I can come to Him just for the coming and find myself home.” — Robert Farrar Capon
“The resurrection of Jesus is not just a happy ending to the gospel story; it is the dawn of a new creation. No one captures this idea better than G. K. Chesterton in the close of part one of his classic work, The Everlasting Man. ‘On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realised the new wonder; but even they hardly realised that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn’.” — Brian Zahnd & GK Chesterton
“The central Christian belief is that Christ’s death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start. Theories as to how it did this are another matter. A good many different theories have been held as to how it works; what all Christians are agreed on is that it does work. I will tell you what I think it is like. All sensible people know that if you are tired and hungry a meal will do you good. But the modern theory of nourishment — all about the vitamins and proteins — is a different thing. People ate their dinners and felt better long before the theory of vitamins was ever heard of: and if the theory of vitamins is some day abandoned they will go on eating their dinners just the same. Theories about Christ’s death are not Christianity: they are explanations about how it works.” — CS Lewis
However you apprehend it, Christ is risen, and because He is resurrected, you are home free!
Thank you for journeying through Holy Week with me. I’ll crawl back in my hole now … unless I think of some other earth-shaking thing to say. Blessings! — Jax