Mourned. The ninth of fifteen words on Jesus' way to the Cross.
The ninth of our Lent reflections gets to the heart of what is happening in Luke 23:27-31.
A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, “Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!” Then
‘“they will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’
and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’”
For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?’
The gospels are historical documents. One of the ways that we know that is, if you wanted to produce an eyewitness account 2000 years ago, you wouldn’t choose a woman as a witness.
But women feature prominently throughout Jesus’ journey to the Cross, and are the first witnesses to the resurrection. They are representatives of a bigger, better family.
When someone dies, it is culturally expected that it will be their family that leads the mourning.
Here, before he dies, Jesus is mourned.
His family – a large number of people who follow him – mourn him before he dies.
Something strange is going on.
A strange time is coming.
Jesus is mourned before he dies.
Pray – today the Together Prayer diary invites us to pray for LCM missionaries working amongst Muslim women. Pray that they would have many opportunities to share the gospel, and that God’s word would bear fruit.
Respond – This year LCM is celebrating 30 years since our first woman missionary. Check out this blog post for more background, and to see some stories of what God has done.