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Jesus is a looser!

15 April 2012

It is clear from what one reads on the Internet, on blogs, newsgroups, mailing lists and other forums, that many people despise loosers, and many seem to use “looser” as an insult.

Jesus is a looser! He looseth men out of prison (Psalm 145/146)

But the Bible tells us that it is the LORD who “helpeth them to right that suffer wrong, who feedeth the hungry; The Lord looseth men out of prison: the Lord giveth sight to the blind” (Psalm 145/146 6-7).

The Lord looseth men out of prison, therefore the Lord is a looser.

The opposite of a looser, of course, is a binder. A binder is one who holds men in bondage.

And Jesus Christ came “to deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:15).

As St John Chrysostom says in his Paschal homily, read in every Orthodox Church on Easter morning,

Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness. let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered, when it encountered Thee in the lower regions. It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was overthrown. It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains. It took a body, and met God face to face. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.

Χριστός ανέστη! Christ is risen! Христос Воскресе! Kristu o tsogile! UKristu uvukile!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 April 2012 11:48 am

    Happy Easter, Steve :-)

  2. 15 April 2012 7:02 pm

    Воистину воскресе!

  3. 16 April 2012 1:35 pm

    > Christ is risen!

    He is risen indeed!

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