by Melinda Creech, guest blogger for Lent
The third line of the sonnet is “When powerless to stand your strength gave way.” The third, seventh, and ninth stations of the cross commemorate places where Jesus fell along the path from the place where he was condemned to Golgotha, the place of the skull, where he was crucified. There are no records of these falls in the gospels.
Psalm 75:3 reminds us “When the earth and all its inhabitants dissolve in fear, I make its pillars secure.” I’m sure there have been many times this year when we were afraid that the pillars of the earth were shaking. It was hard to imagine that the Lord held them securely. It is difficult to imagine that the all-powerful God would divest himself of power in such a way to taste our humanity. Isaiah 53 gives us a glimpse into that suffering.
He was despised and rejected by people, one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness; people hid their faces from him; he was despised, and we considered him insignificant. But he lifted up our illnesses, he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed. All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him. Isaiah 53: 3-6