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The Passions of Christ

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The Passions of Christ

by Josh Caudill

Today, let us simply reflect on the depth of the Passion of Christ. Let us turn to the poetry of Geoffrey Hill:

Lachrimae Amantis
What is there in my heart that you should sue
so fiercely for its love? What kind of care
brings you as though a stranger to my door
through the long night and in the icy dew

seeking the heart that will not harbour you,
that keeps itself religiously secure?
At this dark solstice filled with frost and fire
your passion’s ancient wounds must bleed anew.

So many nights the angel of my house
has fed such urgent comfort through a dream,
whispered “your lord is coming, he is close”

that I have drowsed half-faithful for a time
bathed in pure tones of promise and remorse:
“tomorrow I shall wake to welcome him."

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It is a great mystery that God finds such value in us that He would bringupon Himself such sacrifice on our behalf. What are we, that He should love us so? And in light of this love, what are we to do?

Certainly, we are to run into His loving arms. Do we not subject Christ to this same Passion--this same humiliation and suffering--when we turn from Him? Do we not crucify Him all over again when we reject Him today?

The disciples could not stay awake with Him through the final hours before His arrest, but they did not know the end of the story. We, however, look upon the impending death of Christ with the full knowledge of the depth of His love and redemption.

Do not say, as the poet, "tomorrow I shall wake to welcome Him." Rather, turn to Him today, alert, and accept His compassionate embrace.

As Easter draws near, consider this: Who is someone you can invite to our Good Friday and Easter worship services? Who, in your life, might need to hear a message of hope, redemption, and restoration? Who do you know who needs a bit of resurrection?

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill