Today’s Scripture readings: Psalm 22, Genesis 22:1-14, I Peter 1:10-20, John 19:38-42
Today’s writer: Doug Floyd
Come to the mountain and see the Voice of God silently enfleshed on bitter wood.
Behold our Lord: Body pierced. Arms bent. Hands open.
In the shuddering silence, behold the Savior: reproached, despised, rejected,
abandoned. His life is poured out like water. King Jesus hangs forsaken before all
Behold His humiliation.
Behold our humiliation.
In His crucifixion, we behold the utter horror of our sin, the utter glory of His love. Jesus alone bears the weight of a world gone wrong. The one through whom the world was made hangs formless and void.
Behold Love’s Totality. His life poured freely and completely in unrestrained
offering. Behold the Glory of the Lord.
Into this darkness, two figures emerge from shadows. Joseph and Nicodemus come secretly to bury his body. They carry Jesus to a tomb in the garden. The seed goes into the ground.
Watch as the two prepare His body. Gently and faithfully they wrap Him in spices
and linen. In His death, in His weakness, in His grave, they believe. They step
forward in silent adoration.
Come and join them in the silence. Come and worship in the dark. Come to the
mount of abandon, leaving everything behind.
27 All the ends of the world
Shall remember and turn to the LORD,
And all the families of the nations
Shall worship before You.
28 For the kingdom is the LORD’s,
And He rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:28-27)