He is risen indeed
Jesus took on himself—not by accident, and not against his will, but by design and voluntarily, as it was his very mission—the worst that this world has to give: hatred, betrayal, torture, death. And he conquered it all. He rose in glory from the dead. Who then are we to be cowed and discouraged by the seemingly endless evils this world presents to us? Such evils, with death as their culmination, are intrinsic to this world. But Jesus came to overcome the world. And if we are his followers, then we have it within us, through him, to overcome it too. Which does not mean that we will get whatever we want. It means that we will not be overcome, no matter what happens. It means that truth cannot be defeated, but will always assert itself against falsity. It means that life cannot be defeated, but will always assert itself against death.
Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16: 32-33.)
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 04, 2010 06:18 PM | Send