Before the Rev. Becky Sunday spoke on the topic, “He was cut off…” she read a few words from the Passion.
This chapter in the book of John talks about the events leading up to Christ’s death and resurrection.
“Jesus said ‘I am thirsty,’” Sunday read during the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association Good Friday Lenten worship at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. “So sour wine was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it up to Jesus’ lips.”
After he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished,” and with that, he bowed his head and gave up his life.
Sunday spoke directly to how a soldier pierced Jesus after he died, and blood and water ran out.
Jesus was then buried in a new tomb in the garden — a tomb where no one had been laid before him and none since.
“I chose for this day — going with the theme — to focus on ‘Jesus was cut off,’” Sunday said, after she finished reading the Passion. “Today’s version said ‘He was cut off from the land of living.’”
Prior to the reading of the Passion, Sunday read Isaiah 53:7-9.
“The scripture tells us the entire length of Jesus’ public ministry spanned three years,” Sunday said. “I have been doing ministry in Wapakoneta for three years. Jesus’ entire life of public ministry took the same time I’ve been here.”
Sunday noted she is 34.
“People tell me that’s pretty young, but it strikes me this year,” Sunday said. “While experiencing the events of Holy Week, Jesus was younger than I am now. Everything He did was before this age.”
Then she asked the congregation at the church a couple questions.
“Have you ever pictured old man Jesus?” Sunday said. “Have you wondered what He would be like?”
But “He was cut off.”
“What more could He have taught?” Sunday said. “We can’t know. We don’t know.”
While looking at the events this week, Sunday said she does not have all the answers she needs in life.
“I need more,” Sunday said. “I need to know the answers. Why God, why did you let this happen?”
Sunday noted Christ gave and gave until there was nothing left.
“I fail to recognize that what God has given me in Jesus is enough,” Sunday said.
Sunday then said, while closing her meditation, that today (Good Friday) is the day people remember Jesus’ crucifixion.
“Christ’s life was cut short. God has opened a new way for us,” Sunday said. “Christ gives and gives. Christ stretches out His arms and gives us a life.”