Before jumping in most people ask, “How deep is it?” Non-swimmers are very interested in the depth of the water. If it is not over their heads they feel much safer. Whether it is 10 feet or a hundred feet doesn’t really make much difference for swimmers and yet 100 feet seems more risky because it is such a long way to the bottom. The question “How deep is it?” can also come up in business deals, relationships, DIY projects, etc. How deep am I willing to go? How far is it to the bottom? How difficult will it be to get back?
A teacher says to a young student, “You are in deep trouble! You are in up to your neck!” This does not sound good. It is like being in a 100 feet of water – way over one’s head!
Lent reminds us of many things and it certainly points out that we are in our sin up to our neck – no, way over our head. It is dangerous and deadly! The hymnody of the season helps us see and know the depth of our sin and the trouble we face! We know that we cannot face it or deal with it by ourselves. Our self-inflicted messes are way more than we can handle!
This was always impressed on meas a child when we sang the Lenten verse,
“Ye who think of sin but lightly
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed,
See who bears the awful load;
‘Tis the WORD, the LORD’S ANOINTED,
Son of Man and Son of God.”
Sin is serious and we are in it deeply! While we cannot in any way get ourselves out of our mess we give hearty thanks to God who has dealt with our sin with His serious sacrifice and serious love. this verse says a lot and the final two lines bring us the sweet Gospel news which is our s through the sacrifice on the cross!