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A Reflection for Wednesday of Holy Week

HE WAITS!

It is night and He waits; Jesus waits for the coming of the dawn, for the first light of Good Friday.

He waits to be denied; denied by a close friend, Simon Peter, the Rock. The Galilean accent gives Peter away, the servant girl tests his courage – ‘I never knew the man’: The cock crows. Jesus looks straight at him, and Peter turns away to weep.

It is night and He waits; Jesus waits for the coming of the dawn, for the first light of Good Friday.

He waits to be mocked, mocked by the men who guard him – ‘It’s just a bit of horseplay’, so the commentators suggest. The guards blindfold Him, they beat Him. ‘Prophesy! Who hit you?’ they cry. And Jesus remains, we sense, composed, impassive, waiting.

It is night and He waits; Jesus waits for the coming of the dawn, for the first light of Good Friday.

He waits to hear what His accusers will testify and the questions they will ask. They are meeting, illegally, overnight, in the darkness – ‘What are rules and regulations to us?’ The lawyers mutter: ‘At last, we have Him in our hands; He is within our grasp.’ And Jesus ponders what must lie ahead and how He will respond.

And then the darkness lifts, and the dawn comes, and the first light of Good Friday breaks into His waiting world. They come for Him, the dignitaries are asking for Him, and urgently. They have questions to pose and statements to make, even though the deals have been done and the sentence is already agreed. ‘Are you then the Son of God?’ ‘So you say’ – ‘Blasphemer! We have heard it from His own lips’: ‘Take Him away.’

It is now the day, and still He waits; Jesus waits for what he knows Good Friday will bring; He waits in obedience to the Father; He waits, we might even say, in Hope.

And we, too, wait. We wait for what today will bring. We wait in the darkness of the Covid-19 viral pandemic, we wait for the dawning of a new day, when all will be well, when all manner of things shall be well.

We wait with patience, and in hope, knowing that God in Jesus is with us.  He never fails us, however dark and difficult things seem to be. We wait with the One who does not let us down, who endured all things for us, our sure and certain hope.

And we call to mind the saying of the late Bishop David Jenkins ‘God is; God is as He is in Jesus; therefore there is hope’.

However dark the days may seem, there is Hope.

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