the death of Christ and when one comes out of water, that person takes part in the resurrection of the Lord (cf. Rom 6:2-6) Therefore, a baptized has put on the Risen Christ! (cf. Col 2:12) In short, the risen Lord is an actuality in the life of a Christian every day. That is also an added reasoning to say that every Sunday is Easter!
St. Paul often used to prove it argumentatively even to his hearers that the Lord Jesus suffered, died and resurrected from among the dead according to the scriptures. (cf. Acts 17: 2ff) He was convinced that the Messiah, who he was preaching was the very same the prophets and the fathers of ancient times have figuratively narrated. This kind of a conviction is that we need to have today that the Lord, whom we confess as risen is truly God become human, who died and risen from among the dead. We might see it time and again in Pauline writings like Rom 1:4; 6:5; 8:34; I Cor 15:13-20; Phil 3:10; and so also in the Petrine writings, I Pet 1:3; 3:21 etc.
In the ancient Orthodox understanding, a crucifix was not very commonly depicted, unless it is describing the very act of death of our Lord. The Orthodox theology understood that death of the Lord culminated at the resurrection. It is the resurrection that donned eternal life to the humans, who were bonded to death and therefore, the Risen Lord is depicted more often than the crucified Lord even in Orthodox iconography too. It is the Catholic theology that highlights the crucifix and crucified Jesus. Although many Orthodox Churches have tended to the crucified Lord now days, one Orthodox Church has yet to succumb to the idea of Crucifix, which is the Malankara Orthodox Church. How do we describe the Risen Lord by not depicting any shape of a human? Answer to this very question is the empty cross, which we have all around in our Churches. Yes, the empty cross is depicting the Risen Lord. The women, Simon Peter and the ‘other disciple’, who went in into the cave, where Jesus was buried witnessed the empty cave. This empty cave and the empty cross have similar ideas to tell to the Christians, says the Orthodox theology, namely, the Lord is risen! Some years earlier, the prayer books of our Church had a pictographic narration, where two angels were bowing down in front of an empty cross. When years passed, this pictographic narration gave way to the cross of Mani, which scholars opined as something depicting the ancient Indian Christian heritage. What ever it is, the empty cross, which the angels venerate, was depicting the Risen Lord. We need to re-discover this understanding too, it seems.
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