“Behold the man!” was Pontius Pilate’s short, yet most profound, sermon. Our endeavor this Lententide and Easter Sunday is to behold the man, God in human flesh, Jesus. Each time together, we are meditating on and proclaiming His real, bodily suffering and death as well as His physical resurrection. He knew all that real bodies experience; He suffered, wept, bled, ate, and hoped.
Today, we remember a God who prays. The Second Commandment demands perfect prayer. But who does that? What human being never misuses the holy name of the triune God but ceaselessly prays, praises, and gives thanks to God in any time of need or blessing? Whose prayers are always sincere? Only one: Jesus.
Why should Jesus have to pray? He is God, after all.
But He is also man. In the mystery of the Trinity, the Son and Father are equal. But in the economy of salvation, the Son does what man should but cannot. He submits. And He commits Himself to His Father’s will.
And for whom does Jesus pray? His Church. His disciples. You.
Wednesday (Feb 24th):
6 PM: Teleconference: Dial-in number: (425) 436-6358; Access code: 367780#