The week leading up to Easter I did a series of daily quotes on the topic of Resurrection. Here’s all the links in one convenient spot if you’re interested.
“Resurrection is a Person”
Your brother will rise again, Jesus told her.
Martha said, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
Jesus said to her,
I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.
Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die–ever.
Do you believe this?“
“New Week, New World”
“The resurrection of Jesus takes place, [John] is careful to tell us twice, ‘on the first day of the week’, and I believe this is best interpreted as the start of God’s new creation. On the Friday, the sixth day of the week, Jesus stands before Pilate, who declares ‘behold, the man!’ (John 19:5), echoing the creation of humankind on the sixth day of creation. On the cross Jesus finishes the work the father has given him to do (17:4), ending with the shout of triumph (tetelestai, ‘it is accomplished’, 19:30), corresponding to the completion of creation itself. There follows, as in Genesis, a day of rest, a sabbath day (19:31); and then, while it is yet dark, Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb ‘on the first day of the week’…Jesus’ public career is to be understood as the completion of the original creation, with the resurrection as the start of the new. The whole gospel [of John] is a kind of preparation for Easter, with signs of resurrection to be expected at several points.”
from The Resurrection of the Son of God, N.T. Wright, p. 440.
“The Temple of Life”
“Indeed, it would seem that he who disbelieves this bodily rising of the Lord is ignorant of the power of the Word and Wisdom of God. If He took a body to Himself at all, and made it His own in pursuance of His purpose, as we have shown that He did, what was the Lord to do with it, and what was ultimately to become of that body upon which the Word had descended?
Mortal and offered to death on behalf of all as it was, it could not but die; indeed, it was for that very purpose that the Savior had prepared it for Himself. But on the other hand it could not remain dead, because it had become the very temple of Life. It therefore died, as mortal, but lived again because of the Life within it; and its resurrection is made known through its works.”
from On the Incarnation, by Athanasius.
“Resurrection and Re-Creation”
“The picture is not what we expected–though whether it is less or more probable and philosophical on that account is another question. It is not the picture of an escape from any and every kind of Nature into some unconditioned and utterly transcendent life. It is the picture of a new human nature, and a new Nature in general, being brought into existence…That is the picture–not of unmaking but of remaking. The old filed of space, time, matter, and the senses is to be weeded, dug, and sown for a new crop. We may be tired of that old field: God is not.”
from Miracles, by CS Lewis, p. 155.
“Resurrection and the Church”
“If we leave him in the tomb we can systematize his teaching and sanitize his actions. We can manage the church and keep things in order. If we leave him in the tomb, then Christianity belongs to us to make of it what we will, to reform it in our image and sell it to the highest bidder. If the tomb is empty, the implications for the church are explosive to say the least. If he is truly with us in a way not so dissimilar to how he was with his disciples, then nothing will ever be the same again.”
“Resurrection and Reality”
“For the earliest Christians, to speak of Jesus’ resurrection was to speak of something that, however (in our sense) earth-shattering, however much it drew together things earthly and heavenly, was still an “earthly” event, and needed to be exactly that. It had earthy consequences: an empty tomb, footprints by the shore, and at Emmaus, a loaf broken but not consumed…
And however dangerous this may turn out to be be, it is the real world in and for which Christians are committed to living and, where necessary, dying. Nothing less is demanded by the God of creation, the God of justice, the God revealed in and as the crucified and risen Jesus of Nazareth.”
from The Resurrection of the Son of God, N.T. Wright, p. 736-737.