HOMILY by Vladika Nikolai Velimirovic for today Old Calendar 17 April ☦️ About the wonderful promise of Christ

“I will give the victor the right to sit with Me on My throne” (Revelation 3:21).

This, brethren, is the promise of Christ, the Victor over the devil, sin and death.

But the devil, sin and death are stronger than man. Who can overcome them? No one, except Christ and those who stand firm with Christ and with His weapons enter into battle.

The devil is as old as the world and even older than the world. How can man, whose life-span is measured with a pendulum, defeat him who, for many thousands of years, learns to wage battle against man? How can a mortal overpower all the temptation of the devil, whose number equals the number of sins on earth? By no means, if he does not know that the Lord Jesus conquered the three main types of diabolical temptations on the high mountain. By no means, if a man does not remain firm and steadfast along side Christ Who is older than time and mightier than all the angels, both evil and good.

Sin is as old as the devil. How can man, whose life-span is measured by a pendulum, avoid sin which, as a contagious disease and evil odor, is passed from generation to generation, from man to man since man exists on such an earth? By no means, if he does not know that there existed one Man, the One and Only, Who did not commit sin, neither in birth nor after birth; the God-Man Jesus Christ Who, through the humbleness of His humanity and the fire of His Divinity, crushed sin on the Cross. By no means, if a man does not stand firm with Christ Who is older than sin and Who is mightier than all of the sowers and carriers of sin.

Death is as old as man expelled from Paradise. How can a man, whose life span is measured by a pendulum, conquer death in this worldly grave? By no means, if he does not acknowledge the power of the Cross and the suffering of Christ and the truth of His resurrection from the grave. By no means, if he does not stand firm with Christ, the Almighty Victor over death.

O what a glorious reward for those who achieve victory! They will be seated, crowned with wreaths of glory, on the throne of the greatest Victor on earth and in heaven!

у Србији има атеиста,

Када су Светог Јустина Ћелијског упитали да ли у Србији има атеиста, одговорио је: „Наравно да има, пун богословски факултет атеиста!“

А, када су га комунисти приводили, до истражног бироа путовали су возом. У једном тренутку Свети Јустин је упитао командира:

„Да ли си Србин?“

„Јесам“, одговори комуниста.

„Верујеш ли у Бога?“

„Не верујем.“

„Па, како си онда Србин?“

„Па ето тако што сам рођен на српској земљи!“ одбруси командир.

Свети Јустин му показа кроз прозор, па рече:

“Видиш ли овог бика на ливади? И он је рођен на српској земљи…“