I find myself struck afresh very powerfully by St. John Chrysostom’s Easter Sermon this year. I am rereading it every day this week and will be daily posting excerpts that have encouraged and blessed me.
Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it. He destroyed Hell when He descended into it. He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.
Isaiah foretold this when he said,
“You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below.”
Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.
— St. John Chrysostom Easter sermon (c. 400 AD)
(I’d hoped to include music with this post, but am having internet troubles today. Sorry!)