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“Glad” - March 24, 2021

“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NIV)           

The season of Lent is time for reality checks.  It is about being reminded of our limits, our mortality and the world’s desperate need of rescue.  We have only to refer to this past week’s news stories of violence to ponder anew each of these reminders.

But as hard as some days can be we acknowledge that Lent is going somewhere.  Lent leads to something great, marvelous and redemptive: Easter Sunday.  It is the day by which through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the world is rescued and the whole world is given and promised that new life is possible and even eternal.

Psalm 118:24 has been a celebrated text for the Jewish people throughout history.  It was used for marking the exodus, the Hebrews’ rescue and freedom from the slave-drivers of ancient Egypt.  Present-day Jews often recite the whole of Psalm 118 at their Passover meal.  It was also later used to celebrate their nation’s return from being exiled in Babylon.

Christians have discovered this text as a fitting expression for living the Easter life each day.  Yes, we can soberly take stock of ourselves and our world during Lent but simultaneously, we recognize that we are headed toward a day of liberating rescue and profound Easter joy.  The closer we come, the more fully may we fill these words. “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

The following is a link to “This is the Day” offered by ‘Shane and Shane’