June 4, 2020

Stations of the Cross: The Tenth Station

A Series for Holy Week.
Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations.

STATION TEN
Jesus is stripped

Scripture

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Genesis 2: 25 NASB

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

Genesis 3:7 NASB

Meditation
Since the day that we had our eyes opened through our sin (yes, our sin: it was you and I, as well as Adam and Eve, taking the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil from the Garden), we have recognized nakedness. It is a shameful state, so much so that we spend our days sewing fig leaves and making loin coverings for ourselves. We want to hide our shameful natures. We hide our addictions, our lust, our envy. We place fig leaves over the evil intents of our hearts as if that could hide our shame from ourselves, from others, from God. Sooner or later, however, we are found to be naked, and we are put to shame.

Jesus is now at Golgotha, Skull Hill, the hill of execution, the hill of shame. The Roman soldiers pull his few clothes from his body. They tore his outer garment into four parts, one part for each soldier; but his tunic was woven seamlessly, so they threw dice to see who would get that. Now Jesus is standing completely naked. The very One who created the dust from which we were formed, the One who caused the fig tree to grow and make leaves that could (somewhat, and only temporarily) cover our nakedness was now naked himself. He was forced to drink the cup of our shame to its dregs. It was sin that opened our eyes to view our nakedness as something shameful, and it was now our sin that caused the sinless One to carry that shame to its conclusion. Because Jesus was naked and in shame, we can now be clothed in total forgiveness. Because Jesus took on the completeness of shame in revealing all of himself, we are now free to reveal ourselves with no shame. We are now free to once again be naked—open, honest—and not ashamed.

Action
We all have things in our lives we want covered up. We sew fig leaves and make loin coverings in a desperate attempt to not be seen for who we are. But because Jesus bore the shame of our nakedness, we are now free to be vulnerable. Find a safe place within a faith community to bare yourself. Talk with your pastor to find a support group that will allow you to be naked and not ashamed in order that you can be free.

Prayer
Jesus, we are ashamed of our nakedness. Yet we now look on you, the Son of Man and the Son of God, standing naked before those who are taking your life, those who are mocking and jeering you. You stand in our place, naked, tasting the shame that we bear because of our sins. Jesus, you drank the cup of my shame fully, completely. Help me now to risk being naked—and not ashamed—because of your nakedness in my place. And thank you, Jesus, that you promise me a robe that has been washed white as snow in your blood.

Chorus
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Comments

  1. Amen, selah, and amen.