My Vision of Your Sadness-Lent 37, 2020

Prayer Focus: Sorrow

Lord Jesus, that Your soul was overwhelmed with sorrow makes me really sad. Angry, too, at sin and truly grieved that human sin made You suffer to redeem us from it. Your sadness, Your sorrow, Your distress and trouble–all of these remind me that You didn’t go to the Cross as a superhuman. You went to the Cross in Your humanity. I’m so sorry You had to suffer in ways I cannot even imagine. I’m sad thinking that You were so distressed and for my part in it–oh, Lord, forgive me! I’m so sorry, Lord! You asked Your disciples to stay and keep watch, to be with You in Your hour of need. They fell asleep. I would have done the same thing, I’m certain, because You said that “You will all fall away…for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ These days and moments leading up to Your Crucifixion are dark. Humanity’s evil in all its ugliness displayed itself and tried to claim victory. Death wanted You to die, die, die. Death wanted to trample Your grave, dance on it, and pounce forever on every man, woman, and child as victorious. But You were resolved to see these events as God had planned them and that You would have victory over death! In the flow of time, Your sadness, sorrow, distress and trouble remind me that the battle was and remains real. There is a terrible cost. Casualties happen, but as You have said “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! Lord Jesus, thank You for Your faithfulness– from Your birth and life to Your death to the tomb to the resurrection and ascension! Darkness had its moment, but the Light of the World prevailed! May I share in the communion of the saints and proclaim Your death until You return. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.


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