From the letter to the Ephesians:
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:22)
There is no place where the resurrection of Christ has not touched. All things are “under his feet” – his victorious feet! Pascha is everywhere and nothing is the same. This seems, however, an extraordinary confession, especially when we look around us in the world and see so much misery. How can we say that Pascha is everywhere when hell still exists? How can we say this when the Kingdom of Heaven is not as yet fully realised? All things under His feet? Yes indeed, this is so and I shall now explain.
In Hades, as shown in the icon of the Resurrection, the devil together with his darkness and his bonds, are all broken under the victorious trampling feet of the Risen Christ. Our Lord lifts Adam and Eve out of their graves with his outstretched arms and Hades, our Hades, is utterly transformed by His dawning Light. Even as we speak, Pascha is destroying the curse of Hades. It is a process that will continue until Christ comes again. The final victory is assured on account of the death and resurrection of Christ whereby He has dealt Hades a mortal blow. Will hell be finally emptied by the power of Pascha and shut down for good? Who knows? No one knows. But, we can hope. We can hope with the confidence that we have in the Love of God. We can certainly rejoice that under the feet of the Crucified and Risen Saviour, death has no more dominion and hell itself can make no more claims on humanity, with Christ standing in the breach.
On the Earth and indeed in the Cosmos beyond, Pascha also is everywhere. Pascha is not to be measured by the extent or otherwise of evil, suffering and death. These remain universal in a fallen world. We taste their bitterness. What has changed, however, and what will finally usher in a New Creation on the Last Day, is the inability of this darkness to overcome the Light, which of course is the Risen Christ. Under His victorious feet the principalities and powers of this world have been routed and cannot prevail or indeed harm the believers in any way at all.
Of course in Creation there is both perishable iron and imperishable gold; there is that which decays and that which endures. Iron rusts, gold never does. The kingdoms of this world are made of iron. Notwithstanding the blood on their swords, this iron will rust and crumble away. The sword of the Spirit is a golden sword, imperishable, establishing God’s just and gentle rule with love, a sword forged by the Father and in the hands of Christ, the True King of Love. His reign, the reign of love, is eternal even on this earth. Earth itself shall never lack witness to His reign for it is His Church which is His Body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:22) that witnesses.
Pascha then is everywhere, and finally, in Heaven also. Pascha is in Heaven in the bodies, the souls, the persons of the glorified ones, the Saints of Christ. These are the ones who have fought the good fight with the golden sword of the Spirit and are the true warriors of Love. They reign with the Mother of God, the Queen of the elect, all presided over by Christ the King who Himself at the Last Day will lay all things at the feet of the Father.
24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him that God may be all in all.
Here then is the New Creation, all accomplished in heaven but in process here; from our perspective, the Cosmos as yet to be. The saints of this New Creation reveal Pascha to us. It is to them we look in order to discover our destiny in Christ. It is to the saints we look to know the power of Christ’s resurrection. It is to the saints we look in order to see what we could become together with many other unknown brothers and sisters. The choice is ours. Pascha truly is everywhere and waiting for us to say: “Yes!”