Friday, April 19, 2019 – Good Friday
“Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, ‘Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?’ They kept heaping many other insults on Jesus.” [Luke 22:63-65]
Have you ever been part of a group that taunted and ridiculed another? This happens on school playgrounds and in school cafeterias. This happens in the world of work around the water cooler. This happens in the midst of war as enemies are captured. Why is it that when we have just a little bit of power, as these guards did, we feel empowered to lord it over another? Does lording power over others somehow make us feel more powerful? In a perverse way it does. Yet, Jesus doesn’t use power this way. Jesus’ power comes through his willingness to lay down his life. As Apostle Paul shared with the church at Philippi, “Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself.” What might we learn from the power of Jesus’ self-emptying for our own lives?
Self-emptying One, as this day unfolds I admit that I want you to fight back. I want you to claim your power over others and smite those who taunt and ridicule you. Yet, your self-emptying love is far more powerful. Grant me the courage to claim the power of your self-emptying love in my own life. Amen.