It is Finished

Christ's Transport

Can you imagine a Savior so full of life that when it came time for Him to die, He had to borrow our death? He borrowed our death so that we might have His life. A Mystery.

Because God had become man (capable of death) and man had become God (incapable of corruption) so it happened that two marvels took place at once: "the death of all was consummated in the Lord's body; yet, because the Word [God] was in it, death and corruption were in the same act utterly abolished." (St. Athanasius)

It is absolutely mind-blowing and if you allow these words - this mystery - to enter your spirit, it is also terribly moving. A death for you, and yes - a death that means your redemption, but a death none the less. May you find the courage to mourn the brutal death of Christ and the sin that put Him there.

Readings:

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Psalm 22 (the Lament of Christ - written centuries before His death)

Hebrews 10:16-25

John 18:1 thru 19:42

A Prayer from the Lectionary

We veil our faces before your glory, O Holy and Immortal one, and bow before the cross of your wounded Christ. with angels and archangels, we praise you, our Mercy, and we bless you, our Compassion, for in our brokenness you have not abandoned us. Hear us as we pray through Jesus, our high priest: heal all division, reconcile the estranged, console the suffering, and raise up to new life all that is bound by death. Amen