Title: Easter Sunday – Resurrection of Our Lord
Description: Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres! – Christ is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
The Significance of the Resurrection
“The resurrection of Christ is incontrovertible proof of his divinity. When the Pharisees and the Scribes demanded a sign from Christ which would prove that He is the Son of God, He answered them saying that they will not receive a sign other than that of the Prophet Jonas: “For even as Jonas was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,” (Matthew 12, 40). And so it happened. On the third day of His death, the glorious Resurrection took place.
The resurrection of Christ is the foundation of our faith. What meaning would Christ’s teaching have had if the resurrection, which he had so frequently predicted, had not taken place. The Apostles, when they preached the Gospel, frequently appealed to Christ’s resurrection as to the most convincing argument proving the veracity of Christ’s doctrine. “If Christ has not risen, then,” says St. Paul, “is our preaching vain and vain too is your faith… But, as it is, Christ has risen from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (I Cor. 15,14-20) For this reason, the truth of the resurrection and the Christian religion are inseparable.
The resurrection of Christ, finally, is the sure pledge or our own resurrection to a happy everlasting life. Just as Christ rose, so too shall we rise one day to a new and glorious eternal life. Christ Himself assured us of this when He said; “ The hour is coming in which all who are in their graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God. And they who have done good shall come forth unto resurrection of life; but they who have done evil unto resurrection of judgment…For this is the will of the Father who sent me, that whoever beholds the Son and believes in Him, shall have everlasting life, and I will raise Him up on the last day.” (John 5, 28-29; 6,40) Julian J. Katrij, OSBM, A Byzantine Rite Liturgical Year
Date: April 8, 2018