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Apr072009

Cross Quotes: April 7

By Christ Death Was Destroyed

Death used to be strong and terrible, but now, since the sojourn of the Savior and the death and resurrection of His body, it is despised; and obviously it is by the very Christ Who mounted on the cross that it has been destroyed and vanquished finally. When the sun rises after the night and the whole world is lit up by it, nobody doubts that it is the sun which has thus shed its light everywhere and driven away the dark. Equally clear is it, since this utter scorning and trampling down of death has ensued upon the Savior’s manifestation in the body and His death on the cross, that it is He Himself Who brought death to nought and daily raises monuments to His victory in His own disciples. How can you think otherwise, when you see men naturally weak hastening to death, unafraid at the prospect of corruption, fearless of the descent into Hades, even indeed with eager soul provoking it, not shrinking from tortures, but preferring thus to rush on death for Christ’s sake, rather than to remain in this present life? If you see with your own eyes men and women and children, even, thus welcoming death for the sake of Christ’s religion, how can you be so utterly silly and incredulous and maimed in your mind as not to realize that Christ, to Whom these all bear witness, Himself gives the victory to each, making death completely powerless for those who hold His faith and bear the sign of the cross? …Doubt no longer, then, when you see death mocked and scorned by those who believe in Christ, that by Christ death was destroyed, and the corruption that goes with it resolved and brought to end.

—Athanasius On the Incarnation

(I think this may be the same passage that Brandon Watson quoted yesterday, just a different translation. But I had this queued up already, so I’m going ahead with it.)

Other Cross Quotes

During this week in which Christians commemorate Christ’s death and resurrection, I plan to post daily quotes about Christ’s work on the cross. You are invited to join me. Just post a quote having to do with Christ’s death and/or resurrection and let me know about it in a comment here or by emailing me using the Contact link right below the header. I’ll link back to your post.

I think it’d be a wonderful thing to saturate our corner of the blogosphere and beyond with the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection.

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Reader Comments (2)

Well, how's that for a nice coincidence! I think they are actually from different parts of the same discussion -- in my quotation, Athanasius starts discussing the subject, and in yours he sums it up, which is why they are so similar. It's certainly a great discussion; enough quotes to go around.

April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon

Rebecca, I just don't have the time this week to participate, but I'll come by to read! Thanks for doing these posts. Willow

April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWillow

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