Three Insights into the Glorious Day of Easter: He is Risen!

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Here are three powerful insights for Easter Sunday:

1. Isaac Watts on the 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.” – Isaac Watts

2. C.S. Lewis on the Son of God.

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” – C. S. Lewis

3. Ronald Reagan on the Miracle of the Cross.

“I still can’t help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all and which is recorded in history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion. Where … is the miracle I spoke of? Well consider this and let your imagination translate the story into our own time—possibly to your own home town. A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his father’s shop. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of his father’s shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside, walking from place to place, preaching all the while, even though he is not an ordained minister. He never gets farther than an area perhaps 100 miles wide at the most. He does this for three years. Then he is arrested, tried and convicted. There is no court of appeal, so he is executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing—the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial place for him so he is interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No, this uneducated, property-less young man has, for 2,000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the conquerors, generals and admirals, all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived—all of them put together. How do we explain that—unless He really was what He said He was?” – Ronald Reagan

To all of you, a very Happy Easter – He is risen! And all God’s people say…

What do you think? Let me know at craig@electionforum.org

5 Comments on “Three Insights into the Glorious Day of Easter: He is Risen!”

  1. I believe it just because the Bible tells me so. So many truths of the Bible have played out in my lifetime. Things I learned, as a little boy, in Sunday school have played out before my very eyes. As an adult I haven’t experienced anything to make me not believe the Bible.

  2. He has Risen!
    ” 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay.
    Matthew 28:5-6
    I believe!

  3. You have absolutely nothing to lose by talking directly to Him – whether you believe He’s there ir not – and asking Him anything directly. Anybody forgiving people who are driving nails into His hands while they are driving the nails is an easy guy to talk to.

  4. In combat the dying soldier would holler for his Mom, but at the end you could hear him say “Lord you made a promise that all who believe in you will have eternal life, please take my hand because I know you will keep your promise no matter how much I have sinned.” At Jesus resurrection he defeated sin and will keep his promise.

    I too believe!

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