“So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.” – Matthew 28:8

“And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” – Mark 16:18

“But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.” – Luke 24:12

“They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road?'” – Luke 24:32

“Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed” – John 20:8

“Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!'” – John 20:28

The proper response to Easter is not warm fuzzies, but awe.

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3 thoughts on “The Proper Response to Easter”

  1. Dan says:

    Reminds me of Psalm 2:11 – “… rejoice with trembling.”

  2. Daniel says:

    Easter is the one chance that a congregation gets where unbelievers actually come into the church building willing to listen. It’s a shame that pastors would be as radical as to yank at someone’s conscience to try to win them over. Let the spirit do that. When people see Christians try to pull something like that, it gives off the wrong impression of who God is and what it means to become a Christian. Of course Jesus died for our sins, and we are forever indebted for that. But don’t use social tensions to pull people in.

  3. Ben F says:

    Awe is an appropriate response, but is it the only appropriate response?

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