Thursday, 11 February 2016

Leaning Into Lent: Day 2—Lord Jesus Think on Me

The introduction to the Church of England Common Worship Evening Prayer for Lent includes a hymn by the wonderfully named “George the Sinner.” The opening line of each verse is
Lord Jesus, think on me. 
I’d never thought of Jesus thinking on me. I’ve just realized I’ve been stuck in the idea of me having to all the thinking on him. What would Jesus think about when he thinks on me, or you?

John 17 is what first came to my mind. That’s Jesus’ high priestly prayer for you and me, the people God the Father had given him. He prays that the Father will keep us in his name (v11), we may have the joy of Jesus fulfilled in ourselves (v13), we are kept from the evil one (v15), we may all be one (v21) and that, when the time comes, we may be with Jesus, where he is, to see his glory (v24). There are five good things Jesus thinks on me and you. Watch for others in your Holy Lenten reading and meditating on the Word of God.

How is Jesus able to think on so many of us? Because he is God which means he is omnipresent, that is, he is everywhere at the same time. Not only that, he is omniscient, in other words, he knows everything—past, present and future.  Jesus is also omnipotent, or all powerful. Those three attributes mean that Jesus can be fully present to everyone, everywhere, all the time. Sometimes I wish he would make his presence more obvious to me more often.

I hope Jesus’ thoughts on me are pleasant ones. Observing a Holy Lent will help me with that.
Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.