Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
19th April, 2020
1 In the beginning was the Word: * the Word was with God and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him. 4 What has come into being in him was life, life that was the light of men; 5 and light shines in darkness, and darkness could not overpower it. 6 A man came, sent by God. His name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness to the light, so that everyone might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, he was to bear witness to the light. 9 The Word was the real light that gives light to everyone; he was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world that had come into being through him, and the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to his own and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believed in his name 13 who were * born not from human stock or human desire or human will but from God himself. 14 The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John witnesses to him. He proclaims: ‘This is the one of whom I said: He who comes after me has passed ahead of me because he existed before me.’ 16 Indeed, from his fullness we have, all of us, received—one gift replacing another, 17 for the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.
In today’s Gospel, St. John explains to us that Jesus is God and that he was with the Father from the beginning. In the beginning was the Word: * the Word was with God and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
Jesus is the creative word of God (the Logos). Jesus speaks and it comes into being. Jesus is the one in Genesis who speaks “Let there be light” and it happens, Jesus goes on in each creative act in Genesis and speaks each thing into existence. Here John tells us
3 "Through him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him."(The New Jerusalem Bible. (1985). (Jn 1:3). New York: Doubleday.)
In Jesus is life, only God can have life with in Himself, and He give that life to us, this why we are alive, right now.” 4 "What has come into being in him was life, life that was the light of men;"(The New Jerusalem Bible. (1985). (Jn 1:4). New York: Doubleday.) This means understanding, the thinking process, enlightenment, creativeness, wisdom.
“5 and light shines in darkness, and darkness could not overpower it." The devil, the evil one, the satanic forces – all those who do not want to be enlightened. Those who keep others in ignorance, pushing them down, lording over the innocent, not allowing any way for the unfortunate people to have hope and to rise up from the circumstances they are in.
This is what the devil did to our first parents Adam and Eve and to all of mankind. Being filled with hatred, the devil temps Eve and Adam. They sin and are cast out of Paradise. They lose the light of God in which they were growing into. Instead they deviate from the correct path and into the downward path of disobedience and pride. Our first parents, the human race, lost the union, the communion they were growing into with God. They lost their birth right. From this disobedience and deviation from the path of knowing God, Satan, sin, (sickness, ageing, wrongful passions, all by products of sin), and the last enemy – death enter into the world.
Jesus not wanting mankind or any person, to dwell in ignorance, sickness, and death (separation from God) – Jesus not wanting the devil to lord over mankind, becomes a man – born of the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) – Jesus takes on human flesh and becomes fully a man, yet remains also fully God. “14 The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth." (The New Jerusalem Bible. (1985). (Jn 1:14). New York: Doubleday.) Full of Grace, meaning, full of blessings abd Truth – meaning understanding.
By Jesus dying on the cross, by His shedding of His blood, He washes away our sins. Jesus rises from the dead! Jesus defeats Satan, Sin and the last enemy of mankind – death. All these things that separate us from God – Jesus by His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead opens again the gates of Paradise for us and gives us entrance, again to the Kingdom of God.
Jesus grants us “All who believe in Him” the right to become the children of God – sons and daughters of God!
Jesus gives us the power – His power – His resurrection power to defeat Satan, sin and death. Jesus gives us the ability to triumph over all – even as He has done! And this is what we celebrate today! Jesus’ glorious Resurrection from the dead! And by extension – our own resurrection in Him and through Him.
Christ is Risen!
Indeed, He has Risen!