Q. 1. What is your only comfort, in life and in death?
A. That I belong—body and soul, in life and in death—not to myself
but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood
has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion
of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of
my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything
must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit,
he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing
and ready from now on to live for him.—
The Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1

On a Sunday earlier in this Lent, I decided to eat lunch at a Mexican restaurant that had recently reopened in Amory under a new name, “El Rey.” It was about 12:45 PM, and the wait line was long. After finally being seated, I started munching on my chips and looking over the menu. My server came in a bit, and I ordered the taquitos.

Usually the meal is on the table in any Mexican restaurant in no time, but today was different. I waited and waited, and still no food. Finally the manager came over and explained that the place was so busy the kitchen was having trouble keeping up. I told him I was in no hurry. By the time the meal came, I had made my to-do list for the week on the little pocket pad I always keep with me.

The taquitos with the usual sides were delicious, and I was stuffed. But no sooner had I finished than the manager appeared again with a banana chimichanga and ice cream. It was on la casa, an apology for my having to wait.

What an incredibly gracious thing to do, I thought (and of course, it was also good business). But then I got the real surprise. When I had finished the dessert, my server came over and said in her halting English “Someone pay for you.” I was floored. I was fully prepared to pay and truly had not minded the wait. Yet “someone pay” for me.

On Good Friday, as the Heidelberg Catechism reminds us, “someone pay for you” and me. And in this case too, it was El Rey, the King,  Jesus the Messiah from the line of David. 

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