the power of the tree

“Do you see how the devil is defeated by the very weapons of his prior victory?  The devil had vanquished Adam by means of a tree.  Christ vanquished the evil by means of the tree of the Cross.  The tree sent Adam to hell.  The tree of the Cross brought him back from there.  The tree revealed Adam in his weakness, laying prostrate, naked and low.  The tree of the Cross manifested to all the world the victorious Christ, naked and nailed on high.

Adam’s death sentence passed on to all who came after him.

Christ’s death gave life to all his children.”

-John Chrysostom

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