lördag, april 03, 2010

Glad Påsk!

The Lord's descent into the underworld
(From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday)

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.
He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.
See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.
Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

7 kommentarer:

Anonym sa...

Vilken underbar predikan. Tack ska du ha för den!

Anders sa...

Jag har nyligen köpt en sådan ikon lålad av min bror Lasse. Ett av de finaste motiven!

Indianerna sa...

Hej Benjamin,
Fick en ikon med det här motivet i trettioårspresent.
Målad av kyrkoherde Bo Glans.
Väldigt kul med en "riktig" ikon.
Jag åker själv på ikonmålarkurs i Juni på Bjärka.
Ska bli väldigt kul.
Vi ses,
// Robin, Kolkata

Henrik Engholm sa...

Glad pingst!

Annorzzz sa...

Benjamin, har förstått att du tar intryck av de gamla Kyrkornas tro. Får jag tipsa om en sida som kan vara av värde;


Här finns en hel del apologetiskt material, inte minst längst upp till höger; "Index över 99 invändningar mot Katolsk tro". T.ex. finns här ett försvar för just ikonernas plats...

Anders sa...

I want to comment on your message.
Because the post was written in English I replied in English.

[To differentiate,]The historical person was named Ribi Yehoshua. His name was later changed
to Jesus.

It is highly relevant for Christians/”Messianics” whom want to follow the Messiah to know what was written in his authentic teachings. His authentic teachings were later redacted into the “gospel of Matthew” [note 1]. In his true teachings one finds that he taught – just that which is written in the Jewish Bible (which Christians calls the “GT”) – that humankind are required to do their utmost to keep the directives in Torah non-selectively. [ note 2]

According to Ribi Yehoshua and the Jewish Bible a person need to do his/her best to keep the directives and only then will the Creator bestow His forgiveness in His loving kindness for ones missteps and previous transgressions of the directives in the “books of Moses”. One is not allowed to deliberately breach the Creator’s directives, for by example eating pork and shellfish. I did deliberate transgressions of the directives in the “books of Moses” when I was a Christian, and thus I now understand that I didn’t have a relationship with the Creator when I was a devoted Christian. [note 1]

Furthermore, the historical Ribi Yehoshua was not an “incarnate man-god”, nor was he divine [note 3],.
Neither was he delivered to the Romans by Torah-observant Jews are your post states [4].

Relating to the Creator exactly in the same way Ribi Yehoshua did – by observing the Creators directives in “the books of Moses” is very meaningful –including having a REAL relation to the Creator , which is highly meaningful!

Note 1: http://bloganders.blogspot.com/2010/07/matteus-517-20-i-den-ursprungliga.html
2. Proof in www.netzarim.co.il
3.See this post: http://bloganders.blogspot.com/2010/08/discussion-with-messianic-jew-malachi.html
4. http://bloganders.blogspot.com/2010/07/ribi-yehoshua-was-crucified-by.html

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