Throughout Jesus’ life and ministry he invited others to follow him on a journey. The events of Holy Week remind us just how dangerous this journey was for our Lord.
A strange life-giver, the Holy Spirit, for the life given is compassed
about by desolation. They story of the birth Jesus birth bears
stark testimony to the unsettling truth. At the birth of Jesus the
Spirit-guided words of Simeon prophesied desolation for Israel
and for the heart of Mary as well (Luke 2:34-35). Immediately
after his baptism, during which God calls Jesus, “My Beloved,”
the Spirit drives him into the wilderness of isolation, vulnerability
and temptation (Mark 1:12-13). And at the end of a life exquisitely
responsive to every rhythm of the Spirit’s leading, Jesus chokes
out the unthinkable word, “My God, My God, why have you
forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).
~John S. Mogabgab
Source: Weavings September/October 1992, “Editor’s Introduction”
Between now and Sunday morning, we are invited to wait with these words crying out for a deeper understanding. The Psalmist gives us glimpse of this waiting time.
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you.
Deliver me from all my transgressions,
Do not make me the scorn of the fool.
I am mute; I do not open my mouth,
for it is you who have done it.
Indeed, the forsaken Son of the living God has done it all for me and for you. May this be the hope we wait for as we journey toward Easter and beyond. Amen and amen!