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Delivered By
The Venerable Dr. Christopher A. Brown
Delivered On
March 29, 2013
Central Passage
John 18:1 to 19:42

Quote to accompany the sermon

uch is the invariable law of true life. What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. (1 Cor. 15:36) Salvation was completed on Golgotha…Christ had to die, in order to bestow an abundant life upon the whole of mankind.…Salvation had to be a victory over death and man's mortality. The ultimate enemy of man was precisely death. Redemption was not just the forgiveness of sins, nor was it man's reconciliation with God. It was the deliverance from sin and death.

"Penitence does not deliver from the state of nature (into which man has relapsed through sin), it only discontinues the sin," says St. Athanasius. For man not only sinned but "fell into corruption." Now, the mercy of God could not permit "that creatures once made rational, and having partaken of the Word, should go to ruin and turn again to non-existence by the way of corruption." Consequently the Word of God descended and became man, assumed our body, "that, whereas man turned towards corruption, He might turn them again towards incorruption, and quicken them from death by the appropriation of his body and by the grace of the Resurrection, banishing death from them like a straw from the fire."

Thus, according to St. Athanasius, the Word became flesh in order to abolish "corruption" in human nature. …. Christ suffered death, but passed through it and overcame mortality and corruption. He quickens death itself. "By death He destroyed death."

~Fr. George Florovsky