Symbolism of Easter (5): Fasting cleanses sins

HM Vujičić

Christ’s Sacrifice (Ostrog)

Dean of the Orthodox Theological Faculty, Protopresbyter prof. Dr. Zoran Ranković explains in what way it is most correct for Orthodox Christians to prepare for the happiest holiday:

– “Our humble body” should pass the way that the body of Christ passed: from the earth to the top of heaven, above all the heavens “where Christ sits at the right hand of God.” Because God came down to our earthly world to save and glorify the whole man, not only the soul but also the body. That is why He became “flesh.” Having conquered the world by resurrecting the body, and having raised the body above all the heavens to sit eternally at the right hand of God, the Lord Jesus Christ glorified the body with eternal divine glory. With the goal: to glorify every human body, which will want to believe in the Gospel and live according to the Gospel. Our body has been humiliated by sin and death, but, having overcome sin and death by the power of Christ, it is honored with the glory of the body of Christ: eternal and blessed life in the eternal kingdom of the Triune Godhead. And all that our body, the human body, achieves as a co-incarnate of the God-man body of Christ – the Church. Therefore, Easter is preceded by a seven-week fast, stricter than other fasts during the year. This testifies that the whole human being participates both in the sufferings of Christ and in His glorious resurrection.

Prof. Dr. Ranković emphasizes that “the resurrection of Christ is the only justification and meaning of human life on earth.”

– Only in him does the human being clearly feel, know and see that he was created in this and this world for the sake of immortal and eternal life in holiness, love and justice. But it is obvious that even after the resurrection of Christ, there is death in this world. How to explain it? Yes, death exists, but by the grace of the resurrection of the Godman, it has ceased to be a curse, horror and fear for human nature, it has already become a temporary and transient dream. We are still dying the previous death, says St. John Chrysostom, but we do not remain in it. And that doesn’t mean dying. The power of death and true death is when the one who has died has no more opportunity to return to life; if he will come to life after death, and with a better life, then it is not death but sleep – emphasizes Dr. Ranković.

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