"Christ Our True God"

The blessing at the end of the Liturgy says, “May Christ our true God…have mercy upon us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

The good news that Christ is God, is vital information easily watered down or resisted by us. We need to know this because it’s so easy for us to invent or “have” other gods, or to imagine information about God. But we have the whole Bible and Holy Tradition to tell us about Christ, especially the canonical Gospels of His true Incarnation and earthly life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. God became one of us! God reached out to us in love! God loved us even unto His own death! And Christ, the God-man, conquered death, rising from the dead and raising our human nature to Heaven with Himself, so that we could become by God’s Grace – Energetically – what He is by nature!

No merely-human messiah could pull this off. And God isn’t the thunderer in the clouds we so often think about, but the carpenter-rabbi from Nazareth. Orthodoxy upholds together both Christ’s Divinity and His humanity. This is the key to “life, the universe, and everything”! And this is the experience of Orthodoxy’s Saints from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Church History.


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