Holy Week is not far off. During this special week in the life of the church, we ponder once again the deep meaning of Jesus’ death. As we think of what that death means for us and for the world, Paul reminds us of the humble nature of Jesus’ ministry and death. He emptied himself and became obedient unto death. He did not use his status to decide who was “in” and who was “out.” He submitted to the powers that opposed him and died.
As we think of Jesus’ death, it would be good to ponder its deeper meaning for us. It is true that “Jesus died for our sins,” but what else might his death mean? How does Jesus’ death have cosmic implications, affecting the whole creation, having a deeper meaning than only our personal salvation? In this day of interfaith and inter religious dialogue and relationships, what does it mean when Paul says that someday every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord? How will that inform our relationships with others?
Gracious God, help us ponder and discover the deeper meanings to Jesus’ death. Amen.
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