Friday, April 02, 2010
I posted this quote as my Facebook status, and wanted to repost it here:
"Christianity has no more precious possession than the memory of Jesus during the week when He stood face to face with death ... He was never so great as during those days of direct calamity. All that was grandest and all that was most tender, the most human and the most divine aspects of His character, were brought out as they had never been before." James Stalker
But how wondrous it is, that Jesus' death is not the end of the story!
"There never was an enterprise in the world which seemed more completely at an end than did that of Jesus on the last Old Testament Sabbath. Christianity died with Christ, and was laid with Him in the sepulcher. It is true that when, looking back at this distance, we see the stone rolled to the mouth of the tomb, we experience little emotion; for we are in the secret of Providence and know what is going to happen. But when He was buried, there was not a single human being that believed He would ever rise again before the day of the world's doom."
"As Christ rose from the dead in a transfigured body, so did Christianity. It had put off its carnality ... The incontestable proof is the change itself -- the fact that suddenly they had become courageous, hopeful, believing, wise, possessed with noble and reasonable views of the world's future, and equipped with resources sufficient to found the Church, convert the world, and establish Christianity in its purity among men."