The glory of the Resurrection is such that I thought of not posting anything today, rather than post something trivial or amusing. It deserves something thought-provoking, but after almost 2000 years I think all the profound things to say about it have probably been said. So I took a look at some Easter quotes to find some of those profound things.
There’s quite a mix – quotations from Scripture (including my favorite, John 10:25), familiar Easter hymns, statements on the centrality of the resurrection to the Christian faith, arguments for the truth of the resurrection, even some platitudes about how Easter means hope and a fresh start (I label these platitudes because it’s not clear from the quotes whether the hope is based on faith in the risen Christ or just the idea of new life). But the one that stood out was the one that did not paint Easter as something that makes us feel good.
In many respects I find an unresurrected Jesus easier to accept. Easter makes him dangerous. Because of Easter I have to listen to his extravagant claims and can no longer pick and choose from his sayings. Moreover, Easter means he must be loose out there somewhere.
Easter is a source of hope to those burdened by sadness or failure. But it also is a challenge, as Yancey says. It doesn’t offer the option of life as usual, because a life touched by Jesus is cannot remain as it was. Given a choice between a living Jesus and a dead Jesus, I certainly want the living One. But life means change, and change is usually uncomfortable.