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Christ is risen! These three words give great joy to the faithful and are the most important words ever heard by man.

Following the Resurrection of our Lord, all creation was changed in a manner that mankind cannot fully comprehend. This is an event of the greatest significance, for the entire cosmos.

This event was foretold, for Christ Himself mentioned aforetime to His Disciples concerning His passion and Resurrection. Greater still, the Lord spoke many things to Israel concerning His authority, for He uttered things that NO ONE could ever say:

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live… John 11:25

I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. Rev. 1:8

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” John 8:58

Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:7-10

Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. John 10:36-37

Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Rev. 1:17-19

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John 15:1-3

These are only a few of the many direct quotes of our Lord in which He articulates His divine power. Concerning His authority:

For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. John 5:26-27

These words are irrefutable. These words have changed mankind forever. These words have established the universe, who can reject them?

Sadly, others have altered these words to suit their own dogma. Outside the Church, these words can be manipulated and adjusted to suit anyone. Without the revelation and Grace given to the Church it is impossible to fully comprehend things beyond human understanding.

One might notice that many of these quotes originated from the Gospel of Saint John. Saint John the Theologian, also called Saint the Divine, was a revealer of great mysteries. His Gospel is so profound that the early Church did not open this sacred scripture until a catechumen was baptized and illumined. It is no coincidence that the Gospel reading for the holy day of Pascha is from Saint John. Further, the following Sundays of Pascha also draw from his Gospel to reinforce and set clearly the teaching that Christ is the Son of God. To the Son is given all authority and this is witnessed by the Father and the Holy Spirit! This is the greatest authority!