Monday, 22 December 2008

In Jerusalem: and he was numbered with the transgressors (Luke 20:1-24:53)

Last week, we read about Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. We heard Jesus speak clearly about who would enter the Kingdom of God. It will not be the righteous, not the Pharisees or the teachers of the law, not the ‘blessed’ rich. But it will be the sinner, the outcast, the lame, the oppressed, the lost. For,
‘He who exalts himself, will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.’ (14:11; 18:14).
It is the sinner who throws himself upon the mercy of God, not the ‘righteous’ who thinks he does not need a saviour; this one shall be welcomed by the Son of Man.

Now we turn to the final chapters of Luke’s gospel where a heavy, dramatic atmosphere prevails. There is a showdown in the temple, talk of the destruction of Jerusalem; anguished prayer. They are exhausted from sorrow. Darkness. He is betrayed. There are swords and clubs. They weep bitterly, and mock and beat and shout and mourn and wail. Darkness. And he breathes his last and there is beating of breasts. There are perfumes, spices and… rest, and then, finally, joy.

The narrative speeds up but time slows down....

Read the rest here.

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