“Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.” (Isaiah 40:4)
I am mindful of two things this day; it is April Fool’s Day and it is Maundy Thursday. And in households across the nation two things are taking place; playing of April Fool’s jokes and the recognition of the Last Supper and the arrest of Jesus Christ in the garden. The two are matched very well I think.
The Bible says that the world (meaning the secular portion who does not live according to Christian precepts) considers the ways of God foolishness. And so we must be fools to belief in Christ who advocated turning the other cheek, who said to love one’s enemies, who said to give up riches and possessions to follow a man who had no home, who washed the feet of his disciples, and who allowed himself to be put to death on the cross. And if we are such fools, what better day to start our foolishness but on April Fool’s day?
The verses for today continue contrary descriptions; valleys becoming mountains, mountains sinking down, and rough and bumpy places becoming smooth. Much of Christ’s ministry went against the established order. To his own people he was a joke, a man who never settled down to a trade or a family. His origins were suspect – was he Joseph’s son or not? He came from a small town that had nothing to boast of. And he deliberately antagonized temple and civil officials. It was predicted that he would come to a bad end, and he did. Up on the cross, and then down into the ground. And that was it . . . or was it?
I predict on this April Fool’s day we will be fools again, because we believe that Christ lives. That what was thought to be his final down was not the end, but was followed by a triumphant up. May you gentle reader be a fool for Christ, and in the end be shown as very wise indeed. Selah!