“Now Peter was the most unlikely man to lead the flock; but Jesus knew his holiness and he became the rock….”* For a couple weeks now I’ve been repeating in my head the simple tune with those simple words as I think about the upcoming Season of Lent and the theme our Worship Team had chosen for the season–Turns in the Road to Jerusalem. Sometimes I sing it aloud and my wife tells me I’m out of tune, as usual. No matter. I’m captivated by the bold line, “Jesus knew his holiness”—holiness not as a perfection, moral or otherwise, but as transparency to the Grace of God. It is totally theological. It is different from saying Jesus knew that Peter was beautiful, or that he had a potential.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am,” says Paul so boldly (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Do I know my holiness as Jesus does? What have been the turns in my journey that have led to that knowledge?
It is possible to say that in spite of all its extraordinary variety, the Bible is held together by having a single plot. It is one that can be simply stated: God creates the world; the world gets lost; God seeks to restore the world to the glory for which he created it. that means that the Bible is a book about you and me, whom [God] also made and lost and continually seeks, so you might say that what holds it together more than anything else is us. (Frederick Buechner, The Clown in the Belfry, San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1992, p. 44)
And if the Bible is held together by us, our stories, then what is it that holds you together through all those turns and dead ends? I want to know the Holiness in which your holiness and my holiness rest.
We’ll begin our journey through the Season of Lent with a simple and meditative prayer service on Ash Wednesday, February 13, 7 pm. Let us walk with Jesus, and with fellow companions in Christ.
*2nd stanza, Walk with Me, from The Faith We Sing, #2242