Through this lenten pilgrimage I’ve been thinking about “pressing into this world.’ I used to think of the words “press in” as a spiritual intensity of pressing into the things of God, the things of the Spirit, the supernatural. The Scripture reveals God pressing into to His own creation. In the pain and struggle of our world, we want to escape the flesh and rest in a spiritual state. But God is often calling us into the middle of struggle, pain and brokeness. Even though we want to run away. This little meditation is a poor attempt at reflecting on the movement of God into the corruption of His beloved creation.
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
The Word has become flesh and dwelt among us. He is here. The One in Whom and through Whom all things were created has come.
Behold Jesus in the midst of His people.
He Who Is before Abraham stands among us. The Son of God pours His Divinity into our humanity. He’s not a phantom. a spirit. a fading vision. He is God and He is Human and He is here with us.
Behold Jesus the Marvel of God become Man.
He walks our roads, eats our food, drinks our wine. He is Holiness in the middle of our earthiness. No one-not even priest or prophet– can stand in the unapproachable Holiness of Our Lord, and yet He is here. Eating, drinking, living in the midst of these less then holy ones. He Who dwells in the High and HolyPlace is living among the profane. He enters our problems, pains, and failures, abiding in the midst of broken people,
Behold Jesus pressing into the weakness of our lives.
In the middle of the day, the Light of the world penetrates our shadowed lives. Our secrets are not safe. Our darkness cannot overcome His Light.
Behold Jesus in the very midst of our shame.
His words and actions confound, confront and confuse. The powerful are threatened by this would be prophet. The Sadducees are scandalized. The Pharisees are furious.
Turn away from Jesus who challenges our tradition.
He gathers followers, incites the crowds, rejects the authority.
Turn away from Jesus who destabilizes our world and threatens our future.
He is captured in a garden in the middle of the night. Even while he’s tried for blasphemy he disrespects the High Priest.
Turn away from Jesus who embarrasses his own disciples.
Peter cannot claim this lord but denies him, despises him, curses any connection with him.
Turn away from Jesus who is less desirable than the most despised.
Barabas is more worthy, more desired to be released than this, this blasphemer who brings shame to the nation.
Turn away from Jesus who is stripped, mocked, and hung.
Don’t look. Run away. He has no form that should make us desire him. This creature writhing, gasping, dying is the shame of all humanity.
Turn away from Jesus who darkens this creation.
The sun will not shine. He’s immersed everything on the earth, above the earth, and below the earth in darkness.
Turn away from Jesus who bears the blackness of all depravity.
God looks away as the utter corruption of all history hangs in the balance. Jesus exhales, expires, exclaims, “It is finished.”
Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.