“Love is that liquor sweet and most divine
Which my God feels as blood; but I as wine.”
George Herbert, The Agony
“For three days there was a corpse in the Trinity.”
“Don’t undervalue yourself.
Your worth is what you are worth to God.
Jesus died for you.
You are of infinite value.”
Come see His hands and His feet,
The scars that speak of sacrifice;
Hands that flung stars into space –
To cruel nails surrendered.
Graham Kendrick from The Servant King
The resurrection is not merely important to the historic Christian faith; without it, there would be no Christianity. It is the singular doctrine that elevates Christianity above all other world religions.
“Holy Saturday: a great silence in a world in suffering and tragedy.
In expectation we pray for resurrection life of Jesus to fill our world.”
“Holy Saturday: when the seemingly unbreachable distance between God and death lies collapsed, implicating every distance between us.”
“He hung in sacrifice,
so I could stand a son.
Wearing a mocker’s crown
so I didn’t have to bear one.
Nails driven deep,
I’m driven to my knees,
garments thrown aside,
his love I get to keep.
Crying, ‘It is finished’
a silent reply, ‘Well done’,
the law of love is fixed,
we’re all beloved sons.
Good Friday! It’s all been done!
… All we have to do is worship…
(Over a hot cross bun!)”
“God’s silence is not His absence; it is another manifestation of His presence.”
Why did Christianity arise, and why did it take the shape it did?
The early Christians themselves reply: We exist because of Jesus’ resurrection…
There is no evidence for a form of early Christianity in which the resurrection was not a central belief.
Nor was this belief, as it were, bolted on to Christianity at the edge.
It was the central driving force, informing the whole movement.
The entire plan for the future has its key in the resurrection.
“Blood means life.
Blood means death.
Jesus’ blood is an object of deepest devotion and deepest horror”
“When Jesus died on the cross, so did your sin;
when He rose from the dead, so did your HOPE.”
“To become a man was something, but to become a man of sorrows was far more;
to bleed, and die, and suffer…”
Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes.
The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb.
Jesus entered our world through a door marked ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.’