Friday, March 29, 2013
The Lord, though he was God, became man.
He suffered for the sake of whose who suffer, he was bound for those in bonds, condemned for the guilty, buried for those who lie in the grave; but he rose from the dead, and cried aloud: “Who will contend with me?
Let him confront me.”
I have freed the condemned, brought the dead back to life, raised men from their graves.
Who has anything to say against me?
I, he said, am the Christ; I have destroyed death, triumphed over the enemy, trampled hell underfoot, bound the strong one, and taken men up to the heights of heaven: I am the Christ.
Come, then, all you nations of men, receive forgiveness for the sins that defile you.
I am your forgiveness.
I am the Passover that brings salvation.
I am the lamb who was immolated for you.
I am your ransom, you life, your resurrection, you light, I am your salvation and your king.
I will bring you to the heights of heaven.
With my own right hand I will raise you up, and I will show you the eternal Father.
-- Saint Melito of Sardis from a letter by him