Christ is Risen!

At various times and places, different parties challenge that our Lord is the Saviour of the world. There are some who say that Jesus was merely a Prophet; then there are others who claim he is merely a righteous and remarkable man, made a “little lower than the angels”.  After all they add, when did Jesus ever say that He was the Son of God or the Messiah, the promised one? To them we reply, would a Prophet or a righteous man lie?

These arguments are not new. In her wisdom, the Church has set forth certain readings during the Paschal-tide to remind us that it was not a mere man who was resurrected from the dead, but the Author of life Himself. Who else, what other person in history could say they were the Resurrection and the life! 

In today’s Gospel we read a remarkable conversation between a young man who was healed of blindness. He was not a scribe but he understood the message of the Law. He was not a Pharisee but he was made wise by the Author of the Law. The spirit of the Law was emblazoned on his heart.

Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. 31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. 32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. 33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. 34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. John 30-38

The Lord Himself beheld the confession of the blind man and revealed a great mystery, one that the Scribes and Pharisees were not worthy to receive.

This Gospel is a fitting addition to the Gosple lesson we read last Sunday. We recall that most blessed conversation between our Lord and Saint Photini, the Samaritan Woman. And what did our Saviour reveal at that time:

 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. John 22-27

So here we have it, the Lord Himself reveals that He is the Messiah and the Son of God. In a short span, more has been shown to us than the to Prophets of the Old Testament! Great is the rejoicing of the Prophets and Righteous upon hearing these words. These words are the desire of the expectation of our Old Testament Fathers and Mothers. They are the joyous fulfillment of the promise and we are deemed worthy to hear these words!

Beloved, did our Lord ever speak from His own lips that He is the Messiah, the Son of God? Yes, the great mystery was revealed once and for all time to the Church. May these words ever fill us with the hope and joy that our Lord will be with us, even unto the end of the world.