The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you,
From now on you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of Power
and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?” They answered, “He deserves death.”
When I was growing up, Lent was not my favorite season of the church year. I learned to expect that during Lent,
Glory be to Jesus, Who in bitter pains; Poured for me the lifeblood, From his sacred veins.
Grace and life eternal, In that blood I find; Blest
As a child, I didn’t really understand everything those hymns encompassed. The language was over my head and I took better to learning four-part harmony through repetitive singing, rather than asking questions or opening a dictionary to explore those lyrics. When I go back and read those hymns again, I can now see the common thread of compassion that Jesus held for His people.
Jesus, Refuge of the weary, Blest Redeemer, whom we love,
Fountain in life’s desert dreary, Savior from the world above.
Oh, how oft your eyes, offended, Gaze upon a sinner’s fall!
Yet, upon the cross extended, You endured the pain of all.
(Verse 2 of the Lutheran Hymn, “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary”)
In her book, “Boundless Compassion”, author Joyce Rupp states, “There is nothing wimpy or starry-eyed about this essential Christian virtue. Living compassionately is rarely convenient and often downright challenging. It requires a willingness to pay the price for being aware of suffering and doing what is possible to diminish it.”
Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a tribute far too small
(Verse 4 of the Lutheran Hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”)
By looking to Jesus as the perfect model of compassionate living, we can strive to do better. To move away from judgment. To practice stepping into others shoes. To give people an unconditional break. During Lent, it is good to remember that Jesus knows and understands all struggles and is with us as we try to love deeply, grow spiritually and share abundantly.
May our hearts be burning with more fervent love for you!
May our eyes be ever turning to behold your cross anew!
Till in glory, parted never from the blessed Savior’s side,
Graven in our hearts forever, dwell the cross, the Crucified!
(Prayer taken from verse 3 of the Lutheran Hymn, “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary”)
Written by Julie Anderson
Julie Anderson is a member of Sheridan’s Devotion Writing Team. She works part-time as Sheridan’s Children’s Music Coordinator where she is passionate about teaching children to use their musical gifts to praise God. Julie is married to Scott and counts her greatest honor as being mom to Adrienne, Eliot and Elise.