Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Therefore, assuming a body like ours, because all people were liable to the corruption of death, [the Word] surrendered it to death for all humanity, and offered it to the Father. He presented it to the Father as an act of pure love for humanity, so that by all dying in Him the law concerning the corruption of humanity might be abolished (inasmuch as its power was fulfilled in the Lord’s body, and no longer has capacity against human beings who are like Him), and that He might turn back to a state of incorruption those who had fallen into a state of corruption, and bring them to life by the fact of His death, by the body which He made His own, and by the grace of His resurrection.

–Athanasius, On the Incarnation of the Word


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