Ancient Truths Along the Journey

Read the words of Anthanasius as he focuses on the Crucifixion and Resurrection, much needed for 21st Century pilgrims of faith.

"Jesus Christ made the creation itself abandon its silence. What a wondrous thing! In his death, or rather, in that triumphant monument of his death--I am referring to the cross--all creation confessed that he who was revealed in a body and who suffered was not just a mere man, but was the Son of God and the Savior of everyone. The sun was turned away [by darkness], and the earth quaked, and the mountains were shattered, and all creatures crouched down in awe. These things showed that Christ on the cross was God, and that all creation was his servant. In its fearful response, the creation was bearing witness to the presence of its Maker.

"Every person owed an outstanding debt that had to be paid. For as I have already said, everyone was due to die. This is above all why Christ came to live with us. His purpose was this: after he had proved his divinity from  his works, he went on to offer a sacrifice on behalf of all, handing over his [bodily] temple to death in our place. He did this for two reasons. First, he wanted to free us and make us no longer liable to the original Transgression. Second, he wanted to show that he is stronger than death. In his own body he demonstrated that he is imperishable, and that he is the firstfruits of everyone's resurrection!"

John Chrysostom reminds us that we are not home yet . . . 

"If you're a Christian, you don't have a city on earth. God himself is "the designer and builder" of our city (Heb. 11:10). Even if we were to possess the whole world, we would still be "foreigners and travelers" in every land (Heb. 11:13). Our names are engraved in heaven. Our citizenship is there. So let's not be like little children who overlook what is truly great, and admire what is of no account. Remember: it is not the prominence of our city, but the virtue of our souls, that provides our true adornment and security!"