Friday, April 10, 2009

"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."

We hear the final word from the cross; "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." We thin of these as words that end the story of the cross, but we must remember that they move into the next horrendous step in the redemption story, Jesus decent into Hell to claim life and life eternal for our sake. Hauerwas offers; "Accordingly these word, 'Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit,' are every bit as frightening as Jesus' prior cry of abandonment. Jesus is not comforting himself; he is gesturing to the Father that he s ready to face the final work that only Jesus can do." (p96)

These words draw us into the silence of Friday evening, and the morning and evening of Saturday. They leave us facing the hard reality of a crucified Christ. They leave us with Jesus in the tomb. They leave us claiming our responsibility for the sins that demanded a cross. They leave us waiting in silence to see what God will do next. The leave us waiting. As Tony Campolo preaches out; "It's Friday, but Sunday's coming."

Let us be still in the darkness. Let us wait at the tomb. Let us watch and wait for the next grand act of love by God. See you on Easter morning.

Grace and Peace, Tom

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