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    Who is this Jesus? by Melito of Sardis

    The quote you are about to read (below) comes from a sermon of Bishop Melito of Sardis from the second century A.D. This one piece of historical evidence alone, utterly refutes Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code claim that Emperor Constantine made up the concept of the Divinity of Christ, so that he might unite the people under his rule in the Roman Empire. I'll let my friend, Dr. James White introduce the quote, as he is the one responsible for its translation. - Pastor John Samson

    Dr. White writes: "One of the most eloquent testimonies to the error of Dan Brown and the ridiculous and outrageous claims of The Da Vinci Code regarding the "creation" of the deity of Christ by Constantine is found in the sermon on the Passover preached around twenty years before the end of the second century by Melito, bishop of Sardis. I included my translation of this tremendous section in my book, The Forgotten Trinity, and reproduce it here. Remember, this sermon was preached approximately 145 years prior to Nicea, 130 years prior to Constantine's battle at the Milvian Bridge (where he allegedly saw the sign of the cross in the sky and the phrase, "in this sign, conquer"). As you read these words, rejoice, as I rejoice, at the thought of this ancient believer and the fact that he reveled in the truth about the God-man Jesus Christ just as we do today! Oh that we had more preaching like this in our land today!"

    And so he was lifted up upon a tree and an inscription was attached indicating who was being killed. Who was it? It is a grievous thing to tell, but a most fearful thing to refrain from telling. But listen, as you tremble before him on whose account the earth trembled!
    He who hung the earth in place is hanged.
    He who fixed the heavens in place is fixed in place.
    He who made all things fast is made fast on a tree.
    The Sovereign is insulted.
    God is murdered.
    The King of Israel is destroyed by an Israelite hand.
    This is the One who made the heavens and the earth,
    and formed mankind in the beginning,
    The One proclaimed by the Law and the Prophets,
    The One enfleshed in a virgin,
    The One hanged on a tree,
    The One buried in the earth,
    The One raised from the dead and who went up into the heights of heaven,
    The One sitting at the right hand of the Father,
    The One having all authority to judge and save,
    Through Whom the Father made the things which exist from the beginning of time.
    This One is "the Alpha and the Omega,"
    This One is "the beginning and the end"
    The beginning indescribable and the end incomprehensible.
    This One is the Christ.
    This One is the King.
    This One is Jesus.
    This One is the Leader.
    This One is the Lord.
    This One is the One who rose from the dead.
    This One is the One sitting on the right hand of the Father.
    He bears the Father and is borne by the Father.
    "To him be the glory and the power forever. Amen."

    Posted by John Samson on February 25, 2006 08:38 AM


    The fact that Dan Brown made his riches off this crock is incredible. But while Melito didn't get to bask in the worldly riches like Mr. Brown, he's currently basking in something somewhere far greater. And, even now, he's still glorifying God will this his testimony.

    All I can say to that sermon is--Wow!

    How humbling it is for us who are being conformed unto the image the one who died in our place so we CAN be presented holy and blameless to the Father.

    Dan Brown is going to get his. Melito already has his. I am sure Melito's is far more enjoyable than Dan's is going to be.

    "The fact that Dan Brown made his riches off this crock is incredible"
    The fact that religious preachers and organized church made their riches off this crock is incredible....thats the true horrific tale.


    Dan Brown made multi-millions on this... what evidence do you have that "religious preachers and organized church" made riches off this? When the Christian faith is undermined so blatantly without a shred of historical evidence for the accusations made, it is certainly right to provide a solid, reasoned historical defense, or would you deny Christians this right?

    I stumbled across this a few years ago looking for a quote to put on the back of our church bulletin. I end up coming back to it every year because it is perfect for Easter Sunday.

    I have been wanting to get my church to include a separate gospel presentation so that the message may contain more meat than milk and I think this will show how quickly it can be presented!

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