Easter Quotes

Happy Easter!

Easter is not about a bunny or springtime. It’s not about egg hunts or flowers blooming. It’s not about going to church or big family gatherings. None of these things are wrong in and of themselves mind you, but Easter is about one thing: forgiveness of sin. Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross provided forgiveness for every mistake we’ve ever made. Every “white lie” to the other extreme can be forgiven if we place our faith and trust in Jesus.

So when you’re hunting eggs, going to church, or enjoying Spring’s beautiful vistas, remember that today is all about Jesus and His love for you. That He was willing to die for you on the cross so that your sins would be forgiveness.

“Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:1-7)

“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
‭‭(Romans‬ ‭10:9, 13‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

“God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.'” -Billy Graham

“There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love.” -Charles Stanley

“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

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Who Am I To Judge?

“”Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:1-5‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

We’ve all read or heard this passage quoted at some point. Many have summarized the main idea of this passage by quoting the first verse: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” Yet we all do it every moment of every day. As human beings we excursus each judgement constantly, often with little to no regard for the truth. We jump to conclusions, judge a book by its cover or a person by their appearance, and categorize a person by their faith or political opinions as being just another radical liberal or stiff-necked conservative. We make snap decisions about individuals and judge them harshly.

One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in John 8:3-11.

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

What are the main ideas of this passage?

1. We have all sinned, even the most religious or seemingly “righteous”

2. We have no right to judge anyone

3. Commuting adultery is a sin; one of the Ten Commandments. The penalty of commuting adultery is death. “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus ‭20:14‬)

3. Jesus knows you are a sinner, but He loves and forgives you anyway.

You may not have committed adultery or murder, but you have sinned against God  (Romans 3:23). Yet Christ came to die for us so that we could be free from sin and judgement (John 3:16-17). The question we should ask ourselves after accepting His forgiveness is: If Jesus forgives us and no longer judges anyone who comes to Him, what right do we have to judge anyone?

Some Easter Quotes

“Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:1-7)

“God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.'” -Billy Graham

“There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love.” -Charles Stanley

“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

 

Lack of Judgment

“”Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:1-5‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

If you are reading this, you’ve probably read or heard this passage at some point. Many have summarized the main idea of this passage by quoting the first verse: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” Why does Christ command us not to judge others? 

One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in John 8:3-11. 

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” ]”

What are the main ideas of this passage?

1. We have all sinned, even the most religious or seemingly “righteous” 

2. We have no right to judge anyone

3. Commuting adultery is a sin; one of the Ten Commandments. The penalty of commuting adultery is death. “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus‬ ‭20:14‬)

3. Jesus knows you are a sinner, but He loves and forgives you anyway. 

You may not have committed adultery or murder, but you have sinned against God  (Romans 3:23). Yet Christ came to die for us so that we could be free from sin and judgement (John 3:16-17). The question we should ask ourselves after accepting His forgiveness is: If Jesus forgives us and no longer judges anyone who comes to Him, what right do we have to judge anyone?

I forgive you?

When my trust is betrayed, my first instinct is to withdraw from that person; to cut off communication and ostrisize them from my life. My second is to lash out and defend myself. This is especially true when the offense seems as though it is a personal attack. This ringing true for anyone else?

As a Christian, the Bible is the first place I go to when faced with these situations. Why? To be completely honest, I don’t trust my instincts. The fact is, my instincts are flawed, especially when dominated by the emotional reactions that follow a friend or coworker’s betrayal. My instincts tell me to hurt the person back; to repay their evil actions and words with more evil. In contrary to our instincts, the Bible tells us to do the opposite. 

Consider this passage:

“”You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew‬ ‭5:43-48‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

Jesus’s teachings were contrary to conventional wisdom. He called into question the “common sense” teachings of the day, and reminded them that the wisdom of Man is nothing compared to the wisdom of God Almighty. Conventional wisdom demands a “eye for an eye,” but Christ teaches us to turn the other cheek; to be patient with others to the point of our own harm. It flies in the face of everything the world tells us is “fair.” I take solace in the fact that I don’t have to rely on my instincts and that I don’t have to “buy into” the conventional wisdom of my contemporaries. My faith, hope, and future are bound up in Christ and His promises; not in the wisdom of this world. What’s more, I can forgive through the grace I have found in Jesus Christ and hopefully help others to find His grace as well. 

A Quick Thought…

If there are multiple ways to reach heaven (and forgiveness for sins), then why did Jesus have to die? If you follow the argument logically, either Jesus died for the sins of the whole world or He died for nothing. 

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

Writing to Me Is:

An Outlet for Joy or Frustration.

I write to express my thoughts and humble opinions concerning politics, religion, the economy, etc. 

An Exercise in Introspection

When reading my work, you will find that my characters examine their actions and motives pretty thoroughly. It is one of my own character traits that I place in all my characters not because I believe ever person does this but because they have the potential ability to do so. Introspection is illuminating and as a writer, understanding my own motives enables me to also examine and better understand the motives and desires of others. 

An Expression of Worship

Writing is a gift; a creative means to express God’s glory to the world. Though some may use it to spread woe and discourse, they will face the consequences of their choices one day. I strive to abide by this verse both in spoken and in written word. 

“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”” (Matthew‬ ‭12:36-37‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

This is very humbling and should make us reconsider every utterance whether verbal, printed or posted. I’m certainly not perfect, but also know that I’m a work in progress. God bless to you all.