“O God, who by the Passion of Christ your Son, our Lord, abolished the death inherited from ancient sin by every succeeding generation, grant that just as, being conformed to him, we have borne by the law of nature the image of the man on earth, so by the sanctification of grace we may bear the image of the Man of heaven. Through Christ our Lord.”
This is one of the most sacred days in the history of the world. On this day, the hands which formed us were nailed by our sins to a cross. On this day the veil between “haves” and “have-nots” was torn from top to bottom. On this day, the God of the universe experienced death on our behalf. The immortal became mortal, the Immeasurable One was held and did not resist, the Almighty One did not defend Himself.
I am struck by the lyrics to a song called “A Stick, a Carrot, and a String” by the band mewithoutYou which say:“And the night was cool and clear as glass with the sneaking Snake in the garden grass, as Deep cried out to Deep, the Disciples fast asleep. And the snake perked up when he heard You ask: if You're willing that this cup might pass we could find our way back home, maybe start a family all our own...but does not the Father guide the Son? Not my will but Yours be done! What else here to do? What else me but You??? And the snake who'd held the world, a stick, a carrot and a string, was crushed beneath the Foot of Your not wanting anything.”
What a beautiful image of Christ’s willing sacrifice, His human and divine nature joining in acceptance to the will of the Father. I love the image of Satan holding the world in front of Christ like a carrot on a string, and Christ’s unwillingness to stray from the Mission. We are on a similar mission. We are here to rescue men and women and show them the love of a God willing to die for them.Even as Christ was being nailed to our cross, he was asking God to forgive the very men nailing His hands and feet. His love is strong.
Prayer points // Meditate on the cross and on His sacrifice. Give thanks as a forgiven sinner.
Scripture Mediation // Hebrews 4: 14-16; John 18-19; Psalm 31