Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 25, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
". . . He shall be raised high and greatly exalted."
On this most solemn day, we cannot help but hear the irony of Isaiah's
prophecy--the double intention of the words. Indeed Jesus is lifted up and
greatly exalted, but only after He was lifted up and greatly debased. So
great was this debasement that we have a word for it kenosis which
means, utter emptying of self.
Jesus's greatest triumph could occur only because Jesus completely emptied
himself of Self and took on what God had planned from the beginning. In
putting away self, Jesus took on God, just as we, as adopted daughters and
sons of God may take on God by putting away self.
Good Friday is good because our redemption was won, and because Jesus showed
us how to put on that redemption here and now. His sacrifice was not merely
a sacrifice of life, but a sacrifice of self, an abandonment of all the
selfishness and self-centeredness that defines the human race.
Good Friday is good because we are shown in full measure the goodness of
God, who suffered for us, and the utter ends of vileness that humanity is
capable of. The reality of Good Friday is a reality for all the year. Our
redemption at so great a cost was not too much cost for God. That is how
valuable we are.
Good Friday is good because by following its lessons, we learn to love and
we learn how very much we are loved.
May we all be blessed by the example and the lessons of this Good Friday.
May we carry them into our lives every day.
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