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The Lamb and Shepherd

The Bible doesn’t say much about what happened on the Saturday of that first Holy Week. We know from the Gospel of Matthew that the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pilate’s permission to secure the tomb of Jesus to prevent his disciples from stealing the body and claiming Jesus had risen from the dead.

We can guess Jesus’ followers were distraught, confused, and scared. They tried to remember everything Jesus said and wondered if they’d missed something. Nothing made sense.

Jesus, the Christus Paradox, doesn’t ask us to make sense of Him. He asks us to take up our cross and follow Him.

Christus Paradox

You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd.
You, Lord, are both prince and slave.
You, peacemaker and swordbringer
Of the way you took and gave.
You the everlasting instant;
You, whom we both scorn and crave.

Clothed in light upon the mountain,
Stripped of might upon the cross,
Shining in eternal glory,
Beggar’d by a soldier’s toss,
You, the everlasting instant;
You, who are both gift and cost.

You, who walk each day beside us,
Sit in power at God’s side.
You, who preach a way that’s narrow,
Have a love that reaches wide.
You, the everlasting instant;
You, who are our pilgrim guide.

Worthy is our earthly Jesus!
Worthy is our cosmic Christ!
Worthy your defeat and vict’ry.
Worthy still your peace and strife.
You, the everlasting instant;
You, who are our death and life.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
You, who are our death and our life.

Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993)

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I took this photo of a bloom on our tulip tree in February. It was an extraordinarily gloomy winter and this little bloom fighting to open up to the early morning sunshine gave me joy.

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2 Comments

  1. Robin Turner on April 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    ❤️

    • marieg on April 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      I heard this hymn, Christus Paradox, for the first time this week. It’s beautiful. Sylvia wrote it in 1991, two years before she died of cancer.

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