And so he was lifted up upon a tree and an inscription was attached indicating who was being killed. Who was it? It is a grievous thing to tell, but a most fearful thing to refrain from telling. But listen, as you tremble before him on whose account the earth trembled!
He who hung the earth in place is hanged.
He who fixed the heavens in place is fixed on a tree.
The sovereign is insulted.
God is murdered.
The King of Israel is destroyed by an Israelite hand.
This is the One who made the heavens and the earth, and formed mankind in the beginning,
The One proclaimed by the Law and the Prophets,
The One enfleshed in a virgin,
The One hanged on a tree,
The One buried in the earth,
The One raised from the dead and who went up into the heights of heaven,
The One sitting at the right hand of the Father,
The One having all authority to judge and save,
Through Whom the Father made the things Which exist from the beginning of time.
This One is “the Alpha and the Omega,”
This One is “The beginning and the end”… the beginning indescribable and the end incomprehensible.
This One is the Christ.
This One is the King.
This One is Jesus.
This One is the Leader.
This One is the Lord.
This One is the One who rose from the dead.
This One is the One sitting on the right hand of the Father.
He bears the Father and is borne by the Father.
“To Him be the glory and the power forever.
As much as I would love to take credit for these words, they are not mine. They are taken from a sermon on Passover written by Melito, bishop of Sardis, who died c. 180 A.D.
Don’t ever let Dan Brown, Muhammed, a Jehovah’s Witness, or anyone else ever tell you that the Deity of Christ was invented by the Nicene Council in 325 A.D.
Or, if they do, please tell them Melito says “hi”.