The Day’s Scripture
Isaiah 55:1-5 (CEB)
1 All of you who are thirsty, come to the water!
Whoever has no money, come, buy food and eat!
Without money, at no cost, buy wine and milk!
2 Why spend money for what isn’t food,
and your earnings for what doesn’t satisfy?
Listen carefully to me and eat what is good;
enjoy the richest of feasts.
3 Listen and come to me;
listen, and you will live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful loyalty to David.
4 Look, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a prince and commander of peoples.
5 Look, you will call a nation you don’t know,
a nation you don’t know will run to you
because of the Lord your God,
the holy one of Israel, who has glorified you.
You! You who are parched and plagued with cotton-mouth—come and drink! Drink up! He is giving freely. It doesn’t matter if you are broke. He has water that if you drink of it you will never thirst again. Water that springs up to eternal life. Come to the life-giving spring and drink. Leave your broken, leaky, and heavy jars behind. Look up and look out, even now they are running to you because they are parched and they are plagued and they desire that which you so clearly have. Your eyes gave it up. Invite strangers to drink and be renewed. Believe in God’s faithfulness and loyalty. A rock which courses water in its veins lies in the desert. Get on your knees and sip and pray and cry out and praise right now!
As we near Easter, let’s be reminded that Christ’s suffering and death remain only part of the story. Eat what is good and enjoy the full riches of the Gospel: that he died; that he resurrected; that he walked about in the flesh; that he is alive and coming again—coming again to make everything new. Even now, with the cold of Winter still fading, he is making things new. Even now in the places of death and desolation in you, there is the germination of consolation and new life. We are achingly aware that the place we now sit is marked by both the now and the not yet. It is most frustratingly and in the same breath exquisitely so. We have available a mere appetizer of the newness-making that is at work right now to heal a broken world. We believe in the restorative life and love that is in Jesus Christ. We believe thirsty souls can be at last quenched for the life of the world. We don’t simply dwell on his death but journey the Lenten path (that bends around to Life) and seek out daily the worship that is Spirit and Truth.