Friday, April 3, 2015

What Happened on the Cross

By nothing else except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ has death been brought low:
  •       The sin of our first parent destroyed,
  •       hell plundered,
  •       resurrection bestowed,
  •       the power given us to despise the things of this world,
  •       even death itself,
  •       the road back to the former blessedness made smooth,
  •       the gates of paradise opened, 
  •       our nature seated at the right hand of God,
  •       and we made children and heirs of God.

By the cross all these things have been set aright:
  •       It is a seal that the destroyer may not strike us,
  •       a raising up of those who lie fallen,
  •       a support for those who stand,
  •       a staff for the infirm,
  •       a crook for the shepherded,
  •       a guide for the wandering,
  •       a perfecting of the advanced,
  •       salvation for soul and body,
  •       a deflector of all evils,
  •       a cause of all goods,
  •       a destruction of sin,
  •       a plant of resurrection,
  •       and a tree of eternal life

- John of Damascus (675-749 a.d.)

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