St. John The Divine Orthodox Church Welcomes You!
Faces of St. John The Divine
A Note From Fr. Constantine
Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
Do you know, that in John 20:29, if you believe Christ is Risen, then Christ, our God, calls you blessed! You are Blessed!
How are we blessed? It doesn’t mean that you will have no more problems, or that you will now win a lottery, or that your ship will finally come in, but it does mean that, despite the tribulations of this life, the blessed receive and possess an underlying joy that is independent of our tribulation.
There is song, whose lyrics ask, “Is that all there is? Is that all there is?…. if that’s all there is, my friend,—then, let’s keep dancing; let’s break out the booze and have a ball,… if that’s all there is.”
But, for the Christian, this song is irrelevant. Thankfully, when faced with tribulation in this life, we still have hope—the hope that the Resurrection gives, for we know that this life is not all that there is. We know that Christ did rise and will return to wipe away all our tears and make all things new again.
So, we have a hope and a joy on the inside, and thus we are genuinely blessed as followers of Jesus Christ.