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Friday, July 4, 2008


In the Two Towers, Theodin King of Rohan says with great sorrow, “No parent should have to bury his child.” When I heard it again recently, I was struck by the fact that the Father of Jesus Christ had to do just that. For Him, the bond was greater than any bond any human parent ever had with his child, and so how terrible the suffering the Father must have endured. We know it was great, because like the Jews who tore their clothes when they were profoundly grieved, the veil of the temple was torn, and the very skies wept, and the ground shook with His sobs. Even the earth gave up its dead (Matthew 27:51:-53), as if those token resurrections would assuage His grief. Of course, the beauty of those people coming to life is that they were foreshadowing the rising of our Lord, which took place three days after. He is risen, indeed!

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