UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES By St. NikoLaj (Velimirovic), Pascha, 1934; Ochrid, Yugoslavia.
Each Christian feast raises hundreds of questions and gives hun¬dreds of answers. The questions are from men, the answers come from God through the feasts. This is especially true with the feast of Christ’s Resurrection. Here He opens for us, with His keys, hundreds of locked doors. For God has more answers than man has questions; He has more keys than man has mysteries. Let us, then, consider a few such questions. Here is a mystery: Why did Christ rise from the dead? The key: Because Life could not remain in the grave. A thousand years before, the Prophet foretold concerning Christ: ...nor wilt Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corrup¬tion (Pss 15:10). Christ revealed the living God, the Father, to the world; He revealed the heavens, the living realm of angelic hosts; He revealed life after death and the eternal heavenly kingdom. Would, then, the Restorer of life remain in the darkness of the grave and the embrace of death? Christ raised Jairus’ daughter and the son of the widow of Nain and Lazarus of Bethany. Would He Who raised others not raise up Himself?