But of the Son [God] says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.” (Hebrews 1:8, NRSV)
Back on Transfiguration Sunday – before Lent even got started – our appointed reading led us to reflect on the nature of Jesus’ ministry and character. In one passage of Scripture we heard of the cross and the transformation of Jesus’ appearance, and we pondered the fact that in the life of Jesus (and his disciples) suffering and glory are inseparable realities. During this season of Lent, then, it seems appropriate to be reminded that our focus on Jesus’ suffering and death is only half of the picture. The one who was obedient even to the point of death is also the one whose throne “is forever and ever”! The one who was regarded by the authorities as being a blasphemer is the one who holds the righteous scepter!
As we reflect during this season on the extent of our God’s love for us, let us not lose sight of the power and majesty of the “suffering servant”. Thanks be to God for sending Christ to endure the cross for our sake, and for promising us a share in his glory in the age to come!
Holy God, the throne and scepter belong to you alone. Open our eyes to your majesty and glory, and encourage us with the promise that we, too, might share in that glory through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
– Pastor Andrew Chavanak, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church (20th & Towle)