Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Is 52:13—53:12
Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Jn 18:1—19:42

Ecce Homo, Behold your King, or Behold the Man. Pilate brought Jesus out to the people and spoke these words. Behold him, he looked nothing like a king, and barely like a man. Rather, “there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him,nor appearance that would attract us to him.” How could anyone be attracted to this beaten, bleeding figure? Why would anyone follow him? How could anyone see in this defeated man a king? Yet in this battered, bruised, bleeding figure is our salvation. Soon he would ascend his throne, be nailed to it, hang on it, apparently defeated. In this seeming defeat is our victory. In his death, our life. That battered, bruised, bleeding, crucified king sacrificed all for us. He gave everything so we might live. He hangs there, dying, to restore our life. Look, Behold the Man.
Deacon John
Good Friday
April 10, 2009