Saturday, 12 April 2014

Out of the wilderness

John 11:54-57
Jesus therefore no longer walked about openly among the Jews, but went from there to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness; and he remained there with the disciples.
 Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?” Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus was should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

Forced into hiding
Lord, why didn't you stay there?
You could have continued your ministry underground
People who needed to would find you
You could simply have slipped off the radar
of those who sought to harm you.
The wilderness is a pretty big place
avoided by many.
Those who venture there
are pretty firm of purpose
Some might say desperate.
You could have remained elusive
for the authorities
who wanted to kill you
while still available
to those who needed you.
But, as ever, your plan
was much bigger 
than we could ever imagine.
And it involved you emerging
from the wilderness,
facing up to the wrath
of religious bigots
whose teachings you thwarted.
It involved you emerging 
from the wilderness
to bring the dazzling light of love
into the open.
Yours wasn't a plan
to be fulfilled quietly.
It needed the cold light of day
A high profile 
A public space
Bringing God's love
out of the wilderness 
and into glorious light.

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