Day 13: Friday in the Second Week of Lent
The Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd
….and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
The lamb will be their shepherd. The lamb who was slain but lives. The lamb who stands on the throne of heaven. He will be their shepherd.
It is a promise God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel some 600 years before Jesus talked of the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. We don’t know when the psalm was written, but we know its promise of still waters and cups running over. Already in Genesis, when Jacob blesses Joseph’s children, we hear about God as shepherd. The role of shepherding was given to Israel’s kings and leaders, but they failed their calling. And so comes the promise that God will take up the mantle and shepherd the people.
What will it look like when God comes to rule? It will look like the lamb whose blood set Israel free from bondage. It will look like the one who, on the day the Passover lambs are slain, dies but never dies again.
It will look like the one who promises the woman at the well living water, and sends the blind man to the pool where he washed and came back seeing. It will look like the one who says, “I thirst,” and rewards every shared cup of cold water.
It will look like the one who takes our hand in the waters of baptism and never lets go. The one brings the day when fountains never fail and tears are forever wiped away.
in the waters of baptism you grant us great and eternal promises.
Keep us this day in your word of grace and life
that we may walk in gratefulness and joy.
– A prayer for the second week of Lent