“O God, Who willed your Son to submit for our sake to the yoke of the Cross, so that you might drive from us the power of the enemy, grant us, your servants, to attain the grace of the resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
In Isaiah 50, we see the suffering servant offering His back to those who beat Him, His cheeks to those who plucked out His beard. Christ’s acceptance of God’s plan for Him is our meditation and example for today. The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve. Jeremiah 29:11 is a favorite verse for graduation day, but seldom do we reflect on what theose “plans” might include.
In the case of Jeremiah 29, the plans meant 70 more years of exile before God finally rescued His people. In Jesus’ case, the plans included a brutal death He didn’t deserve. Sometimes God’s plans include tremendous pain and even death before we can realize the meaning of “hope and a future.” Jesus came to serve us. He came to teach us how to live, how to offer our backs to those who beat us if it means we attain the hope set before us. Paul wrote in Philippians 3 that he wanted to share in Christ’s sufferings in order to share in His resurrection. May we pray to share in Christ’s willingness to follow the plans of God, even if they might hurt really bad.
Prayer points // Pray for a willing, content spirit. Pray for the strength to endure for Christ.
Scripture Mediation // Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Jeremiah 29:10-14; Philippians 3: 7-11