April 10, 2020
Rev. Bethany Peerbolte
John 18:1-12, 15-18, 25-32; John 19:1-20, 25-30
In the week leading to Jesus’ death things began to break around him.
A jar of precious perfume was broken over Jesus’ head and anointed him.
The Passover bread was broken and blessed and shared among friends.
A friendship broken as Judas kissed Jesus and turned him over to the soldiers.
The adoration of the crowds broke down into cries for his crucifixion.
The promise of loyalty broken three times before the rooster crows
These cracks left Jesus:
Broken – in body and spirit,
broken – and crying out in anguish,
broken – and far from home,
broken – and giving up his life,
In front of friends and family and strangers Jesus dies,
The veil in the temple breaks.
The hold of sin and death on the world breaks
The power that oppresses breaks
From all life’s broken places we remember this night the lengths Jesus was willing to go to make us whole again.
Let us join in prayer:
God who created us suffers because of us
God who died upon the cross suffers for us
God who dwells with us suffers with us
And in God’s suffering we find hope
God, your suffering brings us salvation
Without you the horrors of human suffering would be unbearable
Your story of life, death and resurrection gives life meaning
Your suffering frees us from our prisons
Because of your suffering a new world is breaking into ours
May we live this day in the knowledge of your pain
May we live this day in the assurance of your love
May we live this day in the hope of the resurrection.
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