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Easter Short Stories

Anthony Van Dyke, detail of 'The Apostle Peter'New "Peter and the Resurrection," Joyful Heart, April 3, 2012. Peter's whipsaw experience of both the crucifixion and the resurrection.

The Thief on the Other Cross  

"The Thief on the Other Cross: A Monologue," The Joyful Heart, April 2, 2007. How could the penitent thief on the cross have so much faith? This short story considers one option.

Fra Angelico, detail of Jesus Appearing to the Magdalene, Noli me tangre (1440-41)

New"Easter Morning after the Storm, a story of Mary Magdalene," The Joyful Heart, February 10, 2007. A retelling of the resurrection story from Mary Magdalene's perspective.

Fra Angelico, Entry into Jerusalem, Triumphal, Palm Sunday "Eyewitness to Palm Sunday," The Joyful Heart, March 20, 2005. Tells the story of the Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday from the viewpoint of a boy whose donkey or ass Jesus borrowed to ride on as Messiah and King into Jerusalem.

Detail of Fra Angelico painting of Malchus in the Garden of Gethsemane"Malchus, the Slave Whose Ear Was Cut Off," a Good Friday story that probes the life of the high priest's servant, whose ear was cut off in the Garden — and healed by Jesus.

Sheep on a hillside"Feed My Sheep," an Easter story of Jesus appearing to the disciples on the Sea of Galilee following his resurrection. The Joyful Heart, April 8, 2004.

"The Jericho Connection". The Joyful Heart, March 27, 1999. Explains how Jesus is the "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."

Doubting Thomas"Learning Faith from Doubting Thomas," Joyful Heart, April 12, 2003. A short story of St. Thomas's struggle with disbelief, his confession of faith, and his later years as Apostle to India.

"Galilean Teacher Seen Complicit in Own Execution," Joyful Heart, April 14, 2001. Eyewitness reporter describes Jesus' arrest and shocking words.

Ivanov, Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene"I Have Seen the Lord," Purpose, April 3, 1988. An Easter story about Mary Magdalene's life and witness to Jesus' resurrection. A Chinese language version of this article is also available (187K Gif image).

The Day Peter Ran, a short story of Easter based on John 20:1-9. The Joyful Heart, Issue 13, April 6, 1998.

"A Companion Along the Way," Evangel, April 3, 1988, pp. 4-5. A recounting of the Easter story on the road to Emmaus.

Soldiers view of the tomb, centurion at crucifixion"A Soldier's View of the Tomb," The Helping Hand, March-April 1995, pp. 13, 16. Appeared in a Norwegian translation as "En soldats betraktninger om graven," Visjon, Number 3, 1996. The story of the resurrection told through the eyes of the centurion in charge of the crucifixion.

Brief Resurrection Articles

Easter lenten Holy Week butterfly on an early spring day "A Broken Chrysalis," Standard, April 6, 1986, p. 8. A brief Easter piece comparing a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis to Jesus' resurrection.

The Amazing Story -- an Easter Meditation. Joyful Heart, March 13, 2013. Reflections on what Easter is really about.

"What Difference Does Easter Make?" Evangel, April 11, 1993, p. 8. Also in Message of the Open Bible, April 1993, p. 20. Contrasting Mary Magdalene's experience of Easter with the current emphasis on Easter bunnies. Portuguese translation.

"Resurrection? Prove It to Me!" International Pentecostal Holiness Advocate, April 1995, pp. 2-3. The evidence for the resurrection, stated briefly.

"The God-Man," Acorns, April 4, 1993, pp. 1-2. Pondering the paradox: if Jesus is God, how could he die? And if he is man, how could he rise?

Easter bunny"Jesus and the Easter Bunny," a call to focus on Jesus at Easter. Portuguese translation.

"The Parable of the Butterfly," a hint of Jesus' resurrection.

"Is Easter a Pagan Holiday?" A look at the word-derivation and content of Easter.
 

Lenten Bible Study Books

Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross, Lenten Bible Study, by Ralph F. WilsonEaster season Bible studies for classes and groups, sermon and lesson helps for  pastors and teachers in paperback and e-book formats:

Resurrection and Easter Faith: Lenten Bible Study, by Ralph F. Wilson
Resurrection & Easter Faith Lenten Bible Study book
Lamb of God: Lenten Bible Study, by Ralph F. Wilson
Lamb of God Lenten Bible Study book

NewWatching Holy Week Unfold, with 160 paintings by James J. Tissot of the Life and Passion of Christ, Good Friday, and the Resurrection.

Stations of the Cross for Protestants and CatholicsNew Stations of the Cross for Protestants and Catholics can be a helpful devotional exercise on Good Friday.

Artwork. Links to some of the best paintings of all time depicting the passion of Jesus Christ.

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Other Easter Resources

Songs and Hymns

Holy Week Expositions

Here are some Bible studies from Luke's Gospel (JesusWalk Bible Study Series) that relate to Holy Week.


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