Bishop Ward continues to guide us through Holy Week, as we give thanks for God’s redeeming and overwhelming mercy and grace to us, through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ.
Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
This is the song we sang just a couple of days ago, Palm Sunday, as we heard proclaimed the story of Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem. Palms waved in the air, coats and cloaks on the ground in front of the donkey on which Jesus rode.
Soon however, the crowds fall away and Jesus is abandoned, betrayed, denied, scourged, nailed to a cross; and on that cross, he says these words “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
These words of Jesus have been observed to be his greatest miracle, a greater miracle even than the multiplication of bread and fish on a hillside; a greater miracle than a great catch of fish in the nets of the disciples; a greater miracle even than healing, opening ears and eyes to hear and to see.
For the healing of a heart to forgive those who are doing wrong, is indeed a miracle of God’s grace. Greater love hath no person than this – that we lay down our life for one another.
We give thanks for the observation of John Wesley, that what God could have accomplished in wrath, God has decided to accomplish in mercy. We see that mercy overflowing from the heart of our dying Savior, and as we approach Good Friday, we give thanks for the great mystery of God’s redeeming and overwhelming love.
On Saturday, Jesus’ body will be carried to the tomb and there we will silently wait for God’s great victory.