Today's Reading: Luke 23, John 18-19
Throughout the Passion story, the gospel writers have the accusing characters speaking prophetic words...Words that expose the amazing work of salvation.
Here are three examples of amazing theology spoken from blinded lips.
The chief priest, the man responsible for offering up the spotless sacrificial lamb, is the one who turns Jesus over for execution. Thinking he is speaking about hushing a possible rebellion against the Roman empire, he says that it would be better for one man to die (Jesus) than for the whole nation to be destroyed.
Hmmm...Caiaphas believes he is making a political decision, when in actuality, he is officiating the great sacrifice of the spotless Lamb of God, whose substitutionary death will make possible the cancellation of death for many. One man, Jesus, to save not only the nation of Israel, but many others also.
The crowd, stirred up by the priests, in their shouting to Pilate, yell, "Crucify him!" When Pilate states he will not have the guilt of putting an innocent man to death upon his conscience, the crowd replies, "His blood be upon us and on our children."
Hmmm...May this blind statement truly be heard by God! May Christ's saving blood cover me and my children, and save us from the angel of death! The blood of Christ on us and on our children is God's plan of salvation.
When Jesus is brought before Herod, the puppet king of the Jews, Herod states, "He (Jesus) has done nothing to deserve death." Herod thinks Jesus has not committed a heinous crime which demands execution, according to Roman and Jewish law.
Hmmm...The truth is, Jesus is the only one who has done nothing to deserve death. All others have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is death. Jesus, the sinless one, truly has done nothing to deserve death and thus is the only one able to make the sacrifice for all humanity.
Blinded lips which are speaking the plan of God.
Jesus didn't need to speak.
The characters of the Passion scene were all speaking truth, even though they were deaf to their own words.