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Christ is Risen! (Homily by St. John Chrysostom on Pascha(Easter) )


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Guest Gregory Woods

The Paschal Homily of Saint John Chrysostom

 

Christ is Risen!
Indeed He is RIsen!

 

Is there anyone here who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival. Is there anyone who is a grateful servant? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any now weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If they have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their due reward; If any have come after the third hour, let him with gratitude join in the Feast! And he that arrived after the sixth hour, let him not doubt; for he shall have sustained no loss. And if any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him not hesitate; but let him come too. And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour, let him not be afraid by reason of his delay. For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first. He gives rest to him who comes at the eleventh hour, as well as to him who toiled from the first. To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows. He accepts the work as he greets the endeavor. The deed He honors and the intention He commends. Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord! First and last alike receive your reward; rich and poor, rejoice together! Sober and slothful, celebrate the day! You that have kept the fast, and you that have not, rejoice today for the Table is richly laden! Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one. Let no one go away hungry; partake, all, of the cup of faith. Enjoy all the riches of His goodness! Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it.He destroyed Hades when he descended into it. He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh. Isaiah foretold this when he said, You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below. Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with. It was in an uproar, because it was mocked. It was in an uproar, for it was destroyed. It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated. It is in an uproar because it is now made captive. Hell took a body, and it discovered God. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see. O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Christ is risen, Indeed he is risen! and you, O death, are annihilated! Christ is risen, Indeed he is risen! and the evil ones are cast down! Christ is risen, Indeed he is risen! and the angels rejoice! Christ is risen, Indeed he is risen! and life is liberated! Christ is risen, Indeed he is risen! and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ, having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.

 

CHRIST IS RISEN!
INDEED HE IS RISEN!

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On 4/4/2021 at 5:43 PM, Guest Gregory Woods said:

The deed He honors and the intention He commends.

Awesome sermon!   Thank you for sharing this treasure.  So rewarding to read.   It is false humility to think that the Father does not want us to think of him as our Rewarder.   We only see Him as such because of His love initiated toward us.

 

On 4/4/2021 at 5:43 PM, Guest Gregory Woods said:

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

Shades of the "Ragamuffin Gospel"! 🙂  Costly grace means grace for ones pursuing Christ to abide in HIm, despite our missing the mark at times.

 

On 4/4/2021 at 5:43 PM, Guest Gregory Woods said:

Christ is risen, Indeed he is risen! and you, O death, are annihilated!

Oh wow, the founder of the Jehovah's Witness missed the mark.  The Gospel is about the annihilation of the sentence of condemnation for our sin and the fear of death that comes with that, and eternal life gained through Jesus Christ , not the annihilation of souls in Hell.

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