Psalm 22

‘The banners of the king go ahead of us, the mystery of the cross shines out.’[1]The king is Jesus Christ.  His banners, which we follow, bear his cross.  Our life can be understood as a procession led by the cross, which is always in sight. The king directs his followers through their history. He guides me along the right path [2].  We do not always manage to keep our attention on him.  However, his cross is inescapable.  The flags of the king, waving in front of us,...
Put on Jesus Christ [1].To ‘put him on’ is to allow him to take over completely. Jesus is worn for best and he is also working clothes.  He is not a coat to be put on or taken off according to the weather or for an occasion. To wear him is to be possessed by him.  Allowing the Lord to be in charge of us is the best thing we can do.  His take-over of our life is worthy of extravagant celebration.  I have my banquet all prepared [2].  To ‘put on Christ’ changes...
I am the gate of the sheepfold [1].  Jesus is our access to where we want to be.   He welcomes us, first, to himself.   We go in, not brushing past him, but being helped through by him.   He is gate and gatekeeper.  At this entrance there is a new beginning.  Our way to new life is the way of the Lord.  He shows us what to do.  Our saviour guides us from death to life, from lifelessness to new life.  We pass the gate of the sheepfold...
We are afflicted so that the works of God might be displayed [1]. This ‘displaying’ of the God’s goodness happens in many different ways.   Prayer, calm endurance, steady coping with the crisis of the moment, the seeking and generous giving of help: these and other responses to trouble can enable a glimpsing of the divine love and purposes.  The man born blind sought no miracle. He asked for nothing.  It was the disciples who detected a puzzle in the difficult life he...