“Come, sit beside me.” Did those words break the silence of Easter dawn? A long, thirty-three-year loneliness, culminating in the shame of crucifixion, had brought Jesus down. They discarded him, cold and broken, on a stone slab. But in the darkness his Father said: “Come, sit beside me.”
“Jesus… has taken his seat at the right hand of…God.” (Heb 12:2)
“Come, sit beside me.” With those words, God breaks the silence, the loneliness, the shame, the coldness. Whatever it is—whatever has brought you low, tightened your breath, kept you in the dark—hear your Father’s welcome, his invitation to just sit with him. Let five minutes become ten. “Come, sit beside me.”
“God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead…made us alive…and raised us up…and seated us with him in the heavenly places…” (Eph 2:4-6)
Before Easter, the warm voice of the Father could not have said such a thing to us. Now he says it all the time. “Come, sit beside me.”
Prayer: Dearest Father, I who have nothing, come before you who are everything. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum,
Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.