Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jesus Endured the Suffering of Death for All

But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.  (Heb 2:9)

Of course, he endured the suffering for all: everything in possession of created nature needed this healing.  He said as much, in fact.  Only the divine nature is without need (he is saying); all other things needed the remedy of the Incarnation.  By becoming man God the Word destroyed the power of death.  In destroying it he promised us the resurrection, to resurrection he linked incorruptibility and immortality, and visible things also will share in incorruptibility.… The angels live a life of satisfaction to see the salvation of men.  If they rejoice at one sinner, much more will they be filled with satisfaction to see so many myriads regaled with salvation.  So it was for all that he endured the saving passion.

Theodoret of Cyrus, "The Letter to the Hebrews"

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