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On the beatings that the Lord suffered
Saint Simeon the New Theologian
Source: Taken from the book «Stavroanastasima», published by the Holy Monastery of Saint Simeon the New Theologian
Re-published in: http://www.alopsis.gr/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=577
Our Lord and God, albeit entirely blameless, condescended to beatings so that the sinners who would emulate Him would not only receive absolution of their sins, but would also become communicants in His divinity, through their obedience.
He was God, and for our sake became a man. He was beaten, spat on and crucified, and with everything that the (divinely) Impassionate One underwent, it is as though He is teaching us, and saying to each one of us:
should you feel too ashamed to suffer something for the
sake of My commandments, the way that I, your God,
suffered for your sake, then I too shall consider it
for you to be with Me
during My glorious Coming and I shall say to My angels:
But the Lord did not say these words as though talking back at the servant, as you may have imagined; it was because He “had committed no sin, nor was any guile found in the words of His mouth”
He uttered those words, so that it may
not be imagined that - because He had supposedly sinned
- the servant had justly struck Him, saying
“is this how you reply to the high
Not to mention that, despite having suffered something far worse than a beating, He did not utter a word; instead,
He prayed for those who crucified Him.
indignation, and you grumble?
How, then, will you become a communicant in glory, if you do not condescend to becoming a communicant in His dishonorable death? Indeed, you have abandoned your wealth in vain, if you have not agreed to also lift up a Cross; in other words, to patiently suffer the onslaught of all tribulations; therefore, my brother, you are left all alone on the path of life, and you have unfortunately separated yourself from your sweetest Master and God!»
Catechist homily of Saint Simeon the New Theologian, with regard to the significance of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice in Man’s life.
from the book
published by the Holy
Monastery of Saint Simeon the New
Translation by : A.N.
Article published in English on: 3-5-2006.
Last update: 3-5-2006.