Passion Week ~ Tuesday

Last week in front of the UBC bookstore I saw the most wonderful sight:

A staircase as if lowered from heaven was deposited on top of the new SUB.

UBC New SUB Stairs

I recalled God’s invitation to Jacob. (Genesis 28:11-19)

Unless God comes reveals we will not see Him.

Unless God makes a way we cannot reach Him.

Unless God comes down…

It’s the week of Jesus’ passion — His suffering.

The cross was the trajectory of His life.

He “came down” that we might “go up to Him.”

He fulfills the longings of our heart to be near to God.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gosY-UrpHcA&feature=youtu.be

In Nearer my God to Thee Sarah Flower Adams reflects on Jacob’s experience and our longings.

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me;

Still all my song shall be nearer, my God, to Thee,

Chorus: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,

Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;

Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee,

Chorus

There let the way appear steps unto heav’n;

All that Thou sendest me in mercy giv’n;

Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee,

Chorus

Then with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,

Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;

So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee,

Chorus

Or if on joyful wing, cleaving the sky,

Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upwards I fly,

Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee,

A sixth verse was later added to the hymn by Ed­ward H. Bick­er­steth, Jr. as follows:

There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,

There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;

Age after age to be, nearer my God to Thee.

Chorus

(Thanks to Stacia Sealey for the UBC New SUB Stairs picture.)

Passion Week – Monday

Standing on the edge of what looks like disaster,

we wonder if we will lose our freedom.

Jesus entered Jerusalem.

And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up,

saying, “Who is this?”

He’s the One who called them to step into the water; the One

who brought them through the waters; the One who stirred

the waters.

I’ve got a song on my mind: Wade in the waters.

Freedom is costly.

We see God’s hand most often when we move forward in obedience.

For the slaves who fled their oppressors in America, the streams hid

them from the dogs, but they always had to step out… hoping.

“Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;

he will answer him from his holy heaven

with the saving might of his right hand.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”

Psalm 20:6-7