For your Holy Week ruminations – a scripture, a great book excerpt, and a stanza from a 6th century pastor/poet.
Jesus too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15)
When Jesus’ body was brought down from the cross that night it seemed that all promise of a new kingdom had died with him—yet in God’s grandest irony, Jesus’ death was not a defeat. Jesus’ death was a royal coronation. Jesus had arrived Palm Sunday on a donkey—the symbol of Israel’s king. Jesus spoke of the Messiah being enthroned and God putting the enemy under his feet.
On Good Friday, God reclaimed his world by enthroning his Son as the world’s rightful King!
(adapted from King – The Subversive Life and Death of Jesus by Jeff Cook, Subversive Books. Kindle Edition. Excerpt from the upcoming book: Everything New One Philosopher’s Search for a God Worth Believing In)
The Victory of the Cross
“Now is the moment for you to open your ears, Satan.
Now the hour will show you the power of the Cross
And the great authority of the Crucified.
For you, the Cross is folly,
but for all creation, it is seen as a throne,
on which, as though seated, Jesus is nailed
and hears the thief crying to him,
‘Lord, remember me in your kingdom,’
and answers as from a tribune,
‘Today, poor beggar, you will reign with me.
For, with me, you will go in
again to Paradise.’”
(from Victory of the Cross, by Romanos the Melodist, 6th Cent.)
The entire Easter Kontakion of Romanos, The Victory of the Cross can be read here.
The Christ Church Palm/Passion Sunday sermon, The King’s Last Words can be heard here.