Following Adam’s example, life is sown in shame, and following Christ’s example, life is raised in glory.
Sin is from Adam and justice is from Christ. Weakness and death come from Adam and strength and life come from Christ.
Accordingly, in Adam we all die. Accordingly, in Christ, we shall all be brought to life.
That one is the earthly man [Adam], this one is the heavenly man [Christ]. That is the bodily man [Adam] and this is the spiritual man [Christ].
Christ did not resurrect for His sake but for our sake – just as He did not die for His sake but for our sake.
If His resurrection does not signify our resurrection, then His resurrection is bitterness and not sweetness.
Where, then, would the love of God be? Where, then, would the meaning of our miserable earthy experience be? What, then, would be the purpose of Christ’s coming to earth?
There, where Adam ends, Christ begins. Adam ends up in the grave and Christ begins with the resurrection from the grave.
Adam’s generation, i.e., the seed underground that rots and decays, does not see the sun, does not believe that it can emerge from beneath the earth to blossom into a green plant with leaves, flowers and fruit.
Christ’s generation is a green field upon which wheat grows, turns green, becomes covered with leaves, blossoms and bears much fruit.
“In Adam” does not only mean that we will die one day, rather it means that we are already dead; dead to the last one.
“In Christ” does not only mean that we will revive one day, but rather that we are already alive, i.e., that the seed in the ground has already begun to germinate and to break through to the light of the sun.
The complete expression of death is in the grave, but the complete expression of eternal life is in the kingdom of God.
The mind of the sons of Adam are in accordance with death, reconciled with being decayed and sink even deeper into the ground.
The mind of the sons of Christ rebel against death and decay and exert all the more, to burgeon a man toward the light, which the Grace of God helps.
O resurrected Lord, sober the minds of all the sons of man that they would flee from darkness and destruction and reach out toward the light and life eternal which is in You.
Nikolai Velimirovich (1880-1956; Orthodox Church): Prologue from Ohrid, April 11th.