Sunday, April 12, 2009

FATHERS: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead man remains the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be the glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen (St. John Chysostom, c. 347–407 , Treasury of Daily Prayer, P 185)

Christianity has been called the greatest story ever told. The one quality that makes it the best of all stories is most certainly the promise given to us by God that all evil and pain will one day be destroyed, and only good and life will remain. Chrysostom points to the many ways this has been accomplished, first in us, then in demons, and finally to the grave. He then reminds us that the resurrection of our Lord is the unfailing down payment on that promise.

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