Some Ancient Words to reflect on this Easter

He was tempted as Man, but He conquered as God;

He bids us be of good cheer, for He has overcome the world.

He hungered—but He fed thousands;

Indeed, He is the Bread that gives life, the bread of heaven.

He thirsted—but He cried, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink.

Indeed, He promised that fountains should flow from them who believe.


He was wearied, but He is the Rest of those who are weary and heavy laden.

He prays, but He hears prayer.

He weeps, but He causes tears to cease.

He is sold, and very cheaply, for it is only for thirty pieces of silver;

but He redeems the world,

and that at a great price, for the price was His own blood.


As a sheep He is led to the slaughter,

but He is the Shepherd of Israel, and now of the whole world also.

He is bruised and wounded,

but He heals every disease and every infirmity.

He is lifted up and nailed to the Tree,

but by the Tree of Life He restores us;

He is given vinegar to drink mingled with gall.

Who? He who turned the water into wine,

who is the destroyer of the bitter taste,

who is Sweetness and the altogether lovely one.


He lays down His life, but He has power to take it again;

and the curtain is torn,

for the mysterious doors of Heaven are opened;

the rocks are cleft, the dead arise.

He dies, but He gives life,

and by His death destroys death.

He is buried, but He rises again;

Gregory Nazianzen [c330-c390]