Lent 2015, Day Thirteen—Athanasius (6)

These citations all come from chapter 6 of On the Incarnation of the Word.

There is this passage, for instance: “A man that is afflicted and knows how to bear weakness, for His face is turned away. He was dishonored and not considered, He bears our sins and suffers for our sakes. And we for our part thought Him distressed and afflicted and ill-used; but it was for our sins that He was wounded and for our lawlessness that He was made weak. Chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His bruising we are healed.” O marvel at the love of the Word for men, for it is on our account that He is dishonored, so that we may be brought to honor. “For all we,” it goes on, “have strayed like sheep, man has strayed from his path, and the Lord has given Him up for our sins; and He Himself did not open His mouth at the ill-treatment. Like a sheep He was led to slaughter, and as a lamb is dumb before its shearer, so He opened not His mouth; in His humiliation His judgment was taken away.” (6.34)

He Whom the Scriptures declare to suffer on behalf of all . . .  He it is Who was crucified with the sun and moon as witnesses; and by His death salvation has come to all men, and all creation has been redeemed. He is the Life of all, and He it is Who like a sheep gave up His own body to death, His life for ours and our salvation. (6.37)

. . . the Word of God Who, being by nature without body, on our account appeared in a body and suffered for us all. (6.38)

On His account only they [the Old Testament prophets] prophesied continually, until such time as Essential Righteousness has come, Who was made the Ransom for the sins of all. (6.40)

Jerry Shepherd
March 4, 2015

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