# De'livered March 28, 1?£8 before the Quest Club by Verlin J. Harrold
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THE EASTER STORY
In the midst of black headlines about new scientific triumphs, current
political maneuvers, world shaking intrigues, and financial complications, newspaper men will find space again this year to recognize the most stupendous news
story of all time.
Practically every newspaper from the great metropolitan editions to the
smallest country weekly will make room to recall the Easter story. Its wonder and
awe have not diminished with the years. Each spring time as nature stirs in the
first warm glow of renewed vitality the imagination of men in every hemisphere is
gripped by the transformation of the tragedy of the cross into Easter exultation.
No story approaching its high dramatic impact has ever been so simply
told as the account by the four evangelists, Mark, Luke, John and Matthew of the
fateful death of Jesus and the empty tomb. Those simple men wrote the essential
truth of the resurrection story with such steadfastness that it has fixed the
faith and stirred the souls of all the Ghristian world.
No news man feels himself capable of "gilding the lily" of the plain
account of Christ1s passion and triumph, the very simplicity of which gives it
beauty and crowns its glory.
One of the most quoted passages reproduced in the press each year about
the Easter story is an excerpt from the Gospel of Luke telling of the visit to the
tomb by the two Marys,
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they
came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared—-And they
found the stone rolled away from the door. And they entered in, and found not
the body of the Lord Jesus. And behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
And said unto them, "¥hy seek ye the living among the dead? He Is not here, but
is risen",,,And they returned from the sepulcher and told all these things unto
the eleven, and to all the rest," 111 *a I 1 I ' ' ' ' ' I S*
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