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Christ, hid in the commandments

Christ, hid in the commandments

21 May 2018 LJ cover – Христос, сокрытый в заповедях
Tags: Religion, Christianity

We read about this on the eve of Lent. But it's worth remembering this all the days of the year. Namely - about the good deeds that can put a person at the right hand of Christ in the Last Judgment. There, remember, not a word about sins. There it is a question of practical and all accessible virtues: feed, shelter, dress, visit in a hospital or a place of confinement. This simple list of undoubtedly good deeds is simultaneously a whole revolutionary upheaval of consciousness.

The fact that to punish something you need hardened sinners and incorrigible villains. So in fact? So! - responds lazy and alien to everyday life thought. But it's not entirely true, and this Gospel text tells us that for a ticket to hell one-way is just enough to lack practical deeds of mercy.

Do not say, "I did not take anything away." Say what you gave.

Do not say: "I'm not anyone's division." Tell me who you put on your work.

And so in everything else. You did not take the bread. Well done! But if you did not feed anyone, then be kind, be left, among the goats. Christ shows that He is not obliged to keep a scrupulous account of your and my encroachments and falls. He will do it, if he wants. To him be glory! But in this place of Scripture He wants to find practical virtue in the soul. If it does not exist, the absence of sins is not a guarantee of security. Even in the absence of sins empty in virtue, a person is sent into eternal fire to the devil and his aggels.

Jealousy for good deeds, jealousy seeing and meaningful, with reasoning a person needs like air

They say: "I did nothing wrong." But if you have a piece of land, then you do not boast, saying: "I do not grow here". On the contrary, break the garden, plant trees or flowers. Do something. The land is decorated and processed, and not empty praises the owner. It's the same with poor darling. So, jealousy for good deeds, jealousy seeing and meaningful, with reasoning is necessary to man as air. And to urge the soul to simple and necessary good deeds, we will see Christ the Savior, we will personally see Him in all or most of the named states that appeal to mercy.

"I was thirsty, and you gave me drink."

Indeed, Christ was thirsty. At the Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob drank to drink. But most importantly, on the cross said: "I'm thirsty!" And in return they brought a sponge with vinegar.

"I was naked, and you clothed me."

Christ really was naked. On the cross. To the pain, shame was mixed. He was naked in the streams of the Jordan. You will see nudity, try to remember about it.

"I was a stranger" ...

Precisely, the Savior seemed to be a stranger and stranger. And when the death of the cross came, Joseph said to Pilate: "Give Me these Strange, Do not seek where to lay the head. Give Me this strange, His disciple is deceitful to death. "

"I was ill"…

Exactly! From the feet to the head was not in the time of suffering in Jesus' integrity. Other diseases did not torment Him, perfect. But human hands, armed with scourges, whips, thorns, mutilated Christ, leaving no wound without a single piece of innocent flesh. "Man of sorrows! Knew of the disease! "So speaks of Messiah Isaiah. "I," he said, "were ill." It's true, Lord. It hurts you.

"I was in prison."

This is before the Cross. Already tormented, slaughtered in pads, He sat the night on a bare stone in pitch darkness. And beside the villains languished and languished with fear, sentenced to be crucified with Him in the morning together.

"I was hungry"…

And it was. In the desert, at the end of the post. As on the Cross among the thirst people gave vinegar, so in the desert during the famine the crafty one offered to make the stones bread. And Christ remained with his hunger, so as not to create miracles for the show, and even at the request of an outcast spirit.

So, wherever we turn our heads, we will see Christ everywhere, if we try. And the commandments of God can not be otherwise fulfilled, as soon as they remember about those who gave these commandments. The laws of the state are not fulfilled by love of the state. They are executed from fear of punishment or from unwillingness to themselves superfluous problems. The commandments of Christ can not be executed in this way. They are only being fulfilled, that from the love of Him who gave them. From love and memory.

Separate Christ from His commandments, turn them into some kind of autonomous ideas or principles - and that's it. The commandments will become petrified, hang on the man with an unbearable burden, and then the man will drop them.

If, for Christ's sake, to do what Christ said, then the cross becomes easier as it is carried, and the sweetness of consolation from God appears in the bitterness of spiritual labors.

Archpriest Andrei Tkachev
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