holy week, torture, and the coming hope.

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2010 at 8:58 am

As holy week winds down I thought I would share Julie Clawson’s thoughts on the topic. I have been following Julie’s blog for over a year now, and I always appreciate and am challenged by her reflections and questions about the Christian faith. I hope that you are as blessed by her posts as I was, and that they draw you into a deeper place with Jesus this week.

I have to wonder what was happening to Jesus right now thousands of years ago. Was he still being tortured? Probably. Perhaps it had just started. Perhaps they had been beating him for a while but had yet to throw that purple robe on him and pay him false deference. Either way I believe that today is probably a day that Jesus is looking down at all the people being tortured right now with special compassion. For those our country is torturing (because it is justified if it keeps us safe…just like it was justified to torture Jesus to those who were doing it), for other countries torturing Christians, or other religious minorities. To all those who are being electrocuted, waterboarded, kept awake for days on end, strapped to headphones with 24 hour blaring music, held in solitary confinement for years on end, those having their limbs cut off, those having their bodies raped (sometimes over and over, and those having their loved ones killed right in front of them…to all of you I offer Jesus. He has been there and he cares. Today as one of his followers I will be working for justice to come to you, and I may not make much of a dent…but if the resurrection teaches us nothing else, it teaches us that just when we think the whole world has gone to hell and there is no hope- Jesus comes back. He will come back and make things right.


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