Wednesday has the slang title of ‘hump day’. For this extended exercise of telling the Biblical story in five acts Monday to Friday, it is ‘hill day’.
The story starts simple in a garden, goes blustery and frightening because of the fall, is stunningly surprising on a hill of death and then resurrected ascension, is expectant but groaning hope and finally we are almost full circle, but now in a garden city shaped by the wisdom of trials and travail.
The hill is Golgotha, where the battle of good and evil found focus in the son of man dying the death of humanity’s rebellion. Evil rejoicing in destruction and ruin as Jesus is mocked, abused and killed. Humanity, represented by the son of man, Jesus, cried out “Why have you forsaken me?”. The separation and ruin intended seemed complete and emphatic. The resurrection did not play out the same way. Starting quietly, a woman in a garden heard the good news and told a man. Hope and restoration with God, over and against the curse of suffering and death was evident. The implications percolated among the disciples. Jesus went to a hill, commissioned his apprentices, then ascended and had them wait. The power came. They were then the restored representation of God on earth, the body of the second Adam, declaring the announcement of a new authority: Jesus is Lord.
The story has a lot still unfolding, but the hill to die on has occurred. Now the battle to live out the victory is on.
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. (17) And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. (18) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.(19)Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,(20)teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”