Easter means the resurrection of Jesus from the dead – a real event in real history. If it were not a real event it may inspire but could never really help us. Through that event, God gave a real answer to real problems. And so it gives us hope; hope in our sins, hope in our deaths, and hope out in our world. Easter Sunday sermon by Steve Swan. From the 27th of March, 2016.
Jesus had risen, just as He told them He would. After a criminal does his time in jail and fully satisfies the sentence, the law has no more claim on him and he walks out free. Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for our sins. That was an infinite sentence, but He must have satisfied it fully, because on Easter Sunday He walked out free. The resurrection was God’s way of stamping PAID IN FULL right across history so that nobody could miss it.
Tim Keller, King’s Cross
He accepted and bore upon the cross a death inflicted by others, and those other His special enemies, a death which to them was supremely terrible and by no means to be faced; and He did this in order that, by destroying even this death, He might Himself be believed to be the Life, and the power of death be recognized as finally annulled. A marvelous and mighty paradox has thus occurred, for the death which they thought to inflict on Him as dishonour and disgrace has become the glorious monument to death’s defeat.
St Athanasius (d. 373 AD), On The Incarnation
If Jesus was the Messiah (the Christ), he was also the lord of the whole world.
N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God
The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.
loud voices in heaven, Revelation 11:15