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Happy Wednesday! With Easter coming up in less than 2 weeks, we have a special Lenten guest post from an “anonymous” guest blogger on John 11. Enjoy!!
I have finally, in my 50’s, outgrown the recurring nightmare of being caught in the hallway in highschool in nothing but my tighty whitey briefs. Now the nightmare is about going to court or to a board room dreading the fact that I forgot to put on pants. I never seem to be able to wake up from those dreams fast enough.
Psalms 22 took a verse and a half (v. 17 & 18) to describe Christ’s agony over being stripped naked, “They throw dice for my clothes” and “stared at by every passerby.”
Nakedness in front of my enemies is devastating. It resurrects every feeling I’ve ever had of inferiority, sinfulness, and being a total failure in my dad’s eyes. Indeed, when Christ suffered his humiliating stripping, it was at a time when He knew His own Father had turned His face away.
Like any formidable enemy, the power of shame should never be underestimated. It can lock us into ruts of defeat and cause us to turn away from fellowship. So when I read Christ’s declaration: “I am the resurrection” (John 11: 25), I rejoice that He spares a little resurrection power to clean me up and liberate me from my shame. The Accuser is vanquished by that resurrection. But don’t stop there!
Note that in verse 44, Jesus chooses to unleash a little of that resurrection power through the hands of His followers: “Unbind him, and let him go.”
Lord, I love serving you in thought, word and deed, but I need You to replace my shame with Your glorious power. I get it Lord, it’s not all about just You and me. Please let me walk in a mutually liberating relationship with others of Your family who need help with shame and unbinding as much as I do.