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Quotes About Resurrection
Quotes about resurrection from throughout Christian History.
Clement of Rome, A.D. 96
Let us consider, beloved, how the Lord continually proves to us that there shall be a future resurrection, of which he has rendered the Lord Jesus Christ the firstfruits by raising him from the dead. Let us contemplate, beloved, the resurrection which is always taking place. Day and night declare to us a resurrection. The night sinks to sleep, and the day arises; the day departs, and the night comes on. Let us behold the fruits, how the sowing of grain takes place. The sower goes forth, and casts it into the ground; and the seed being thus scattered, though dry and naked when it fell upon the earth, is gradually dissolved. Then out of its dissolution the mighty power of the providence of the Lord raises it up again, and from one seed many arise and bring forth fruit. (First Clement 24)
This next quote references the Phoenix bird, which we now know has never existed. Clement, obviously, had no way to know this was a legend, so he cites it as one more evidence of resurrection. I include it for interest's sake.
Let us consider that wonderful sign which takes place in Eastern lands, that is, in Arabia and the countries round about. There is a certain bird which is called a phoenix. This is the only one of its kind, and lives five hundred years. And when the time of its dissolution draws near, that it must die, it builds itself a nest of frankincense, and myrrh, and other spices, into which, when the time is fulfilled, it enters and dies. But as the flesh decays a certain kind of worm is produced, which, being nourished by the juices of the dead bird, brings forth feathers. Then, when it has acquired strength, it takes up that nest in which are the bones of its parent, and bearing these it passes from the land of Arabia into Egypt, to the city called Heliopolis. There, in open day, flying in the sight of all men, it places them on the altar of the sun, and having done this, hastens back to its former abode. The priests then inspect the registers of the dates, and find that it has returned exactly as the five hundredth year was completed.
Do we then deem it any great and wonderful thing for the Maker of all things to raise up again those that have piously served Him in the assurance of a good faith, when even by a bird He shows us the mightiness of his promise? (First Clement 25-26).
For [the Scripture] says in a certain place, "You shalt raise me up, and I shall confess unto you"; [Possible Ps. 28:7; otherwise an apocryphal book] and again, "I laid me down, and slept; I awoke, because you are with me;" [Ps. 3:6] and again, Job says, "Thou shalt raise up this flesh of mine, which has suffered all these things" [Job 19:26] (First Clement 26).
Ignatius of Antioch, A.D. 110
How shall we [i.e., Gentile converts] be able to live apart from him, when even the prophets themselves—also his disciples— waited for him in the Spirit as their Teacher? Therefore now that he for whom they rightly waited has come, he raised them from the dead. (Letter to the Magnesians 9)
Martin Luther, d. 1546
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. (unknown)