St. Athanasius – On the Incarnation of the Word, 26

This selection is from St. Athanasius’ famous On the Incarnation of the Word, section 26.  This paragraph is an introduction to the argument which Athanasius makes regarding the necessity and efficacy of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Fitting indeed, then, and wholly consonant was the death on the cross for us;
And we can see how reasonable it was,
And why it is that the salvation of the world could be accomplished in no other way.
Even on the cross He did not hide Himself from sight;
Rather, He made all creation witness to the presence of its Maker.
Then, having once let it be seen that it was truly dead,
He did not allow that temple of His body to linger long,
But forthwith on the third day raised it up,


The pledge and token of His victory.