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Advent Readalong Week 3, The Death and Resurrection of Christ (in my book it’s the rest of Ch. 4 and Ch. 5)
Some passages to jump off discussion:
“it was not consonant with Himself that He should avoid the death inflicted by others. Rather he pursued it to the uttermost…”
“He accepted and bore upon the cross a death inflicted by others, and those others His special enemies, a death which to them was supremely terrible and by no means to be faced; and He did this in rder that, by destroying even this death, He might Himself be believed to be the Life, and the power of death be recognized as finally annulled.”
“He had come to bear the curse that lay on us; and how could He ‘become a curse’ otherwise than by accepting the accursed death? And that death is the cross for it is written ‘Cursed is every one that hangeth on tree.'”
“it is only on the cross that a man dies with arms outstretched? Here, again, we see the fitness of His death and of those outstretched arms; it was that He might draw His ancient people with the one and the Gentiles with the other, and join both together in Himself.”
[of death] “It is bound hand and foot, all who are in Christ trample it as they pass and as witnesses to Him deride it, scoffing and saying, “O Death, where is thy victory? O Grave, where is thy sting?”
[on whether Christ is alive or not] “Deeds and actions that energize others belong only to the living…The Savior is working mightily among men, every day He is invisibly persuading numbers of people all over the world…to accept His faith and be obedient to His teaching…how is it that He makes the living to cease from their activities, the adlterer from his adultery, the murderer from murdering, the unjust from avarice,…”
“We are agreed that a dead person can do nothing; yet the Savior works mightily every day, drawing men to religion, persuading them to virtue, teaching them about immortality, quickening their thirst for heavenly things, revealing the knowledge of the Father, inspiring strength in the face of death, manifesting Himself to each, and displacing the irreligion of idols;”
“He it is Who has destroyed death and freely graced us all with incorruption through the promise of the resurrection, having raised His own body as its first-fruits, and displayed it by the sign of the cross as the monument to His victory over death and its corruption.”
Personal reflection: In what ways do I fear death? How can I adjust my attitude toward death? Where do I see Christ alive in me and in those around me? What can I give thanks for in those places I see Christ alive in me and those around me?