Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
The journey through this Lenten season has been reflective and good. It is easy for us to take the journey in this century because two millennia ago someone walked before us with purposeful intent, so as we continue may we remember the One whose footsteps we follow. It doesn't seem fair because His was a high calling that is unmatched, unprecedented and yes, hard. To reflect upon such a sacrifice beckons an earnest response, but what kind of response?
Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29 suggests a response. It begins and ends with:
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is Good; His Love endures forever."
This is the appropriate response!
The passage portrays a picture of a building within a secure enclosure whose entrance has gates through which only the righteous may enter. Passing through these gates brings us to a building built strong and sure on a foundation held together by a familiar stone. That stone when it was quarried did not seem to have the features required for the builders and was always passed over, rejected. Yet here is the stone perfectly placed as the cornerstone for the building. A closer look at the stone reveals that it has been marked by countless attempts to make it fit. Hammer and chisel scars show that it had been tried and tested but didn't fit. In this new place the building has been made to fit the cornerstone. This is no ordinary building - it is a Temple, a place of common gathering for worship. There is a procession heading inside toward the altar, and leading the procession is the Sacrificial Lamb. This is strange, yet familiar.
Jesus, the familiar feature in this passage, has gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us and has given us His Spirit making us righteous, to prepare us for that place.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is Good; His Love endures Forever.