Getting Out the WORD - the sunday of the passion PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER. . .


Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross.  In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

 

"Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.  At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split.  The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many."                                (matthew 27:11-54 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

 

It seems like such a pitiful scene.  Jesus, bent and bowed, wilting on the cross before our eyes. Battered. Bloodied. Beaten. Life draining from him like sand through our fingers. And then come those words. . .  those last, awful words. . .  words that only make it worse. . .  "and he breathed his last. . ."

 

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper. . .*

 

But how wrong we are!  Lifted high on that cross, Jesus isn't the victim, but the victor!  Rather than "going gently," he is defiant to the bitter end!  With a cry - not of anguish, but of rapture - his hurls his breath at the Darkness and unleashes the Spirit into the Night!  In his suffering, creation is reborn!  In dying, the world lives again!

 

*from "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot

bob barndt, pastor

 
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