Lenten Meditation 45, April 14

Friday, April 14

Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16-25
John 18:1-19:42

by Kimberly Axtell

And so they took the body of Jesus. . .

When I was younger, I was profoundly glad that Jesus died for me. I needed the reassurance that God cared for me personally, broken as I am.

As I got older, I was profoundly glad that Jesus died for the world. All of humanity needs to be reminded of God’s care, broken as we are.

Now I am profoundly glad that Jesus died to redeem the evil systems of the world. Jesus dared to speak truths that shook the status quo, truths that caused his inevitable death. I believe that we, too, are called to speak truth, to name systems that are hurtful to all of creation: those that kill the body and soul of our community, those that keep people in persistent poverty and hunger, and those that damage our environment.

Thank you, Lord, for your work of redemption that was begun this day for all of creation.