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“I believe that Christians make a serious mistake when we begin to speak first about God rather than first about Christ and His death on the Cross and resurrection from the dead. It is a mistake because it presumes we know something about God that is somehow “prior” to those events. We do not, or, if we think we do, we are mistaken. The death and resurrection of Christ are the alpha and the omega of God’s self-revelation to the world. Nothing in all of creation is extraneous or irrelevant to those events.” (Father Stephen Freeman)


“Christ’s resurrection only has meaning for us because He rose as a full human being. He was not part man, or half man, but wholly God and wholly man…Resurrection is the restoration of our spirit and soul into a transformed body, an act of God superseding the predictable expectations of the natural world…Resurrection must not be confused with immortality of the soul (life apart from the body), nor with reincarnation into another body, nor with the revivification of this mortal body that decays. Resurrection is much more: God will restore body, soul, and spirit to the state which He intended at creation. Christ took up our flesh, trampled down death by death, and shall bestow resurrection upon us.” (Father Spyridon Baily, Dynamis 8/23/2021)


“Adam failed to bring humanity to its full spiritual potential and left us, his descendants, as biological beings. It is Christ who takes on our biology but then in the resurrection and through the Pentecost event, unites us humans to the Holy Spirit and makes us into spiritual beings.” (Fr. Ted Bobosh)


“…the greatest gift of the Resurrection is the opportunity to know God. Striving for “knowledge of God” (1 Cor 15:34) creates the necessary spiritual environment in which our bodies, like planted seeds, may come alive to Him, for “God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body” (vs. 38). “Body” here refers to the self, including the physical body. The apostle is not describing an automatic process, but rather natural growth in Christ – a life which it is possible for us to attain. If we think of our bodies – ourselves – as seeds, we recall that certain seeds will only sprout unless they pass through fire. And as Saint Paul reminds us, “our God is a consuming fire” (Heb 12:29). If we strive to know Christ, braving the searing flames of obedience to follow Him, He will prepare for us “a body as He pleases” (1 Cor 15:38).” (Dynamis 8/24/2021)


“In light of His resurrection, the bodily sufferings and struggles of others appear not as irrelevant distractions, but as invitations to manifest a foretaste of “the life of the world to come.” Regardless of any context or circumstance, to serve others in ways that ease their bodily struggles is to provide a sign of the fulfillment of God’s gracious purposes for all who bear His image and likeness. Because “Christ is Risen!,” we must show our neighbors the care due those who are called to heavenly glory.” (Fr. Philip LeMasters)


“We live in an age whose cynicism borders on hopelessness. Many are skeptical of everything. They question everything but their own opinions, notions based on their own self-interest. In this ocean of doubt, some treat our hope in Christ as a wish that we cast into the future like a message-in-a-bottle is thrown into the sea…our hope in Christ is not an empty wish or a hollow fantasy. It has its basis in belief in Christ. It is grounded in our relationship to Christ and confirmed and strengthened by the peace and joy that are the fruit of faith…The basis of our hope is not a pledge for the future. It is a past event that guarantees our future. Christ has already risen from the dead. He is the “first fruits of those who have fallen asleep [in death]” (1 Cor. 15:20). In other words, Christ’s resurrection is a present reality. ” (Fr. Basil)


“The Christian faith is not primarily a set of doctrines or moral teachings, but a new way of life inspired and made possible by the reality of the resurrection [thus] the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is not merely an abstract doctrine to believe in, not merely an isolated past event to assent to intellectually, but an organic reality to enter into and assimilate into one’s being in Christ’s body, the Church.” (Michael Shanbour)


“…the Apostle Paul tells the Corinthians, “I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). His assertion in verse 15:13 complements and fulfills his earlier remark. Materialists scoff at the apostles’ proclamation as an empty, pious delusion (vss. 14-15), but if we agree with them, we strip our faith of its content (vs. 14). We discard all hope for ourselves and for humanity. Instead of a stunning hope, we face the dreary prospect of a terminal physical existence (vs. 15-17).” (Dynamis 8/23/2021)


“…unbelief and faith are equally a part of the death and resurrection of Christ. The death and resurrection of Christ contain the utter and complete emptiness of hell, the threat of non-being and meaninglessness, the absurdity of suffering and of injured innocence. They also contain the fullness of paradise, the complete joy of existence and the ecstasy of transcendent love. Everything is there.” (Father Stephen Freeman)


“Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, wounds, failure, disgrace, death itself all have a hidden potential for revealing our deepest ground in God. Our wounds bear the perfumed trace of divine presence.” (Martin Laird)

“We’re all going to be resurrected. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, for many of us it will not be good, but it will be because of our own choice. Christ says on John 5:29 those who have done good will experience the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil will experience the resurrection of condemnation. The disposition of our heart toward God in this life, and how it leads us to love Him and others, or how it leads us to reject Him and others, will be what determines our experience of eternity.” (Sacramental Living Ministries)

“Judgment is an indispensable act of God. In view of the fact that we are endowed with reason, memory, discrimination between good and bad, appreciation of art, scientific skills, and the various attributes of life, certainly we have the ability to learn God's will and to obey it; certainly our responsibility toward His will is no less great than our responsibility toward the endowments which He has bestowed upon us, and certainly there should be a Supreme Author and Judge to hold this responsibility. Intelligence, responsibility, and judgement are interwoven and inseparable. Judgement means award or punishment for both the soul and the body. Therefore, resurrection is for both good and the bad; "they that have done good, into the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation." (John 5:28-29).” (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese)

“Either we become accustomed to the light of God’s love in this life through repentance and self-understanding of our sinfulness (compared to God’s purity), or we will want to flee from His love and light because of the sheer pain it causes us on Judgment Day.” (Father David L. Fontes, PsyD)

"At the end of things, The Blessed will say, We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven. And the lost will say, We were always in Hell. And both will speak truly." (C. S. Lewis)

"God Himself is heaven for the saints and hell for the sinners. We recall in the third chapter of the Book of Daniel the account of the three children in the fiery furnace. They serve as a type for this understanding of the afterlife. The three children who kept the commandments of God were not burnt by the fire but danced in the flames with the Angel of God, while those who heated the furnace out of malice and in wickedness were consumed by that very same fire." (Archimandrite Sergius)

“Jesus did not “cheat” death—He destroyed the power of death. We will not cheat death either. Each of us will eventually die an earthly death, but because the Resurrection destroyed the power of death over us, when we die on this earth, we will be resurrected with Christ. The power “death” has over us will indeed be destroyed.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

“I believe that the death and resurrection of Christ are utterly universal in their reality. They are not isolated events, significant only within the Christian belief system. I believe they are the singular moments within space and time (and outside space and time) that reveal the truth of all things, of all people, and of the heart and nature of the God who created all things and sustains them. I believe this is true whether I or anyone else believes it. The death and resurrection of Christ are the most fundamental and foundational facts of reality.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Christ’s death and resurrection set us free from the fear of death because death has been defeated. Every person must die, but death is not the end; instead, it is the doorway to a new life. All who dread death should have the opportunity to know the hope that Christ’s victory brings.” (Life Application Study Bible, Hebrews 2:14-15)

“Our life is a series of small deaths and resurrections. In a sense, daily life is training for death. We experience many, many small deaths. For example, when we go to sleep at night, we lose it all. We lose our awareness, our possession of our mind, our memory, and our consciousness of our relationships. Sleep is a form of death. Awaking in the morning, though it may be slow, is a new day, a resurrection.” (Albert S. Rossi)

“After the resurrection, when our bodies will be re-united to our souls, they will be incorruptible; and the carnal passions which disturb us now will not be present in those bodies; we shall enjoy a peaceful equilibrium in which the prudence of the flesh will not make war upon the soul; and there will no longer be that internal warfare wherein sinful passions fight against the law of the mind [nous], conquering the soul and taking it captive by sin. Our nature then will be purified of all these tendencies, and one spirit will be in both...and every corporeal affection will be banished from our nature.” (Saint Gregory of Nyssa)


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