Mountains and Valleys

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” 52:7 

Two mountains stand as great borders to the valley of the shadow of death and resurrection, which is the season of Lent and Easter. The first is Mount Tabor, where the Transfiguration of Jesus took place, celebrated at the end of the Epiphany Season. The other is the Mount of the Ascension, at the end of the season of Easter. Today’s reading bears both the heights of the glory of the good news, and the depths of the suffering of Jesus. The Lectionary reading for Good Friday sounds the somber yet poignantly beautiful images of the fourth and final Servant Song from 52:13.

Mountains and valleys: can there be one without the other? Though you are up in the heights one day, or down in the depths the next, Jesus is the one with the good news on the heights and with you as your Suffering Servant in the depths of your Good Fridays. Even if your life seems like one big roller coaster of ups and downs, remember that the Lord Jesus is always sitting next to you.

Isaiah 52—53

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