Lord Jesus, how gentle you showed yourself to be on the day of your glorious resurrection. You had just suffered in your body and spirit the holy justice of the infinite God on behalf of all humanity, for all time. What you endured and accomplished on Holy Saturday while your body lay lifeless in the tomb is a glorious curiosity and mystery, surely incomprehensible to the finite minds and experiences of mere mortals. And yet the first words you spoke out of the tomb were not words of exhaustion or self-congratulation or righteous indignation, but of pure compassion, “Woman, why are you weeping?” It is as if you are speaking directly to us today, “Why are you weeping?”
And we hear in those gentle words the echo of your invitation to all humanity, “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Such divine compassion! Such marvelous tenderness! Jesus Christ takes time for those who are hurting, who are suffering loss, who are wandering! He takes time to dry the tears of those seek him!
Glory to God the Father for sending the Jesus Christ to show tenderness to lost sheep! Glory to God the Son for enduring shame and punishment to bring sinners such as us into the family of God! Glory to God the Spirit for opening the ears of our hearts to hear the tenderness in voice of Christ! Thank you, O God, for your infinite justice, and infinite mercy!
We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ and for his glory. Amen.
Job 19 - Easter Sunday
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