photo above: On the ceiling of Chora Church in Istanbul, Turkey, is this fresco, called Anástasis in Greek. It portrays Jesus’ descent to the dead on “Holy Saturday,” between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, referenced in 1 Peter 3:18 – 20; 4:6, Ephesians 4:9, and early creeds.
WN: I am thrilled to introduce this website! It so well presents and addresses themes that have been energizing for me for fifty years. Many echoes of the website are echoed on mine.
A bit about it:
The mission of The Anástasis Center for Christian Education and Ministry is to proclaim the healing of humanity in Jesus and the restorative justice of God. Check out our Why Jesus series of 101, 201, 301, and 401 modules and offerings. We encourage ministry rooted in the atonement theology of the early Christian tradition best articulated by Irenaeus of Lyons and Athanasius of Alexandria.
As Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons (c.130 – 202 AD), said, “It behooved Him who was to destroy sin, and redeem man under the power of death, that He should Himself be made that very same thing which he was, that is, man; who had been drawn by sin into bondage, but was held by death, so that sin should be destroyed by man, and man should go forth from death” (Against Heresies 3.18.7).
Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria (c.298 – 373 AD), said, “The Lord was especially concerned for the resurrection of the body which He was set to accomplish… having effected the blotting out of the corruption” (On the Incarnation 22.4).
For more, read our Theology 101 and Atonement 101.
Please click on: THE ANÁSTISIS CENTER