Committed Sustained Informed - Intercession
Risen Lamb Writings
[Back to Risen Lamb Writings]        < Previous        Next >

"Risen Lamb Writings"

"The Right Side"

          In John 21 we read of a third appearance of the risen Jesus to his disciples--this time at the Sea of Tiberias. The seven disciples are in a boat, and they have caught no fish that night. Standing on the shore, Jesus says something to them that may seem enigmatic: "Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something" (John 21:6). We are told that "they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish" (John 21:6). One may wonder, "What is significant about the right side?" In The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel (47:1,2), we read:

"The facade of the temple was toward the east; the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple south of the altar...I saw water trickling from the southern side..."  

In his vision, the Prophet Ezekiel describes water as flowing out of the right side of the temple. The Church understands this vision as having its fulfillment in the piercing of the crucified-resurrected Lamb, Jesus Christ. St. Thomas a Kempis writes:

"Enter then, enter thou, my soul into the right side of thy crucified Lord, pass through the holy wound into the most loving Heart of Jesus, which out of love was pierced by the lance..."              (Thomas a Kempis, cited in Heart of the Redeemer, p.113)

          There are ample examples from Church art over the centuries (depicting  St. Thomas standing at the right side of Jesus pointing to the wound on the right side of Jesus' chest; the Roman soldier standing on the right side of Jesus piercing his side with a lance; paintings depicting Jesus on the cross with his heart pierced  on the right side of his chest,etc.), implying that the Church sees a significance in the wounded right side of the "Pierced One".  Here on the right side we find the source of apostolic vitality and fruitfulness. Intercessors choose to live close to this "wound of Love"--"close to the Shepherd's camps" (Songs 1:8) within our hearts. Through an intentional lifestyle of obedient, sacrificial, merciful love, contemplative prayer, and a willful "victim-hood" (identifying intimately with the Lamb who was slain), intercessors "live close" to the source of the "crystal clear spring", pleading on behalf of others.

          Here at the "gate" of Jesus' wounded side we "draw water at the fountain of salvation" (Is. 12:3), and are drawn further inward to offer wholeheartedly in union with the Lamb for the life of the world. "This is the Lord's own gate" (Ps. 118:20). This is the gate to the sanctuary of his love, the gateway of love--the true "Beautiful Gate" of the Temple of his Body. In John 10:9, Jesus states plainly, "I am the gate."Intercessors are led by the Spirit through the "breached wall of the Temple"--the wounded side of the Lamb--into the sanctuary of his love, to the Altar of his pierced heart. Here we pray and offer on behalf of others: "That they might have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).  Here, heavenly grace for the world flows from him who is the fountain of love. 

          Jesus is the one Mediator between God and  humanity. He is the unique access to the Heart of the Father. The pierced side of Jesus is the new and living way of access:

"Through the blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way He opened for us"    (Heb. 10:19-20A). 

"The Heart of Christ occupies a central position, as the focal point, through which everything passes to the ultimate center in the Father" (Heart of the Redeemer, p. 21). As Jesus says in John 14:6, "No one comes to the Father except through me. 



1)   What are some of the intentional lifestyle choices that I make to identify more closely with the pierced Lamb of God?

2)   Whom am I currently placing on the "Altar" of Jesus' pierced heart in my intercession?


Any scripture from the text; Zech. 13:1;  


[Back to Risen Lamb Writings]        < Previous        Next >
Return to Top

Copyright © 2019 HisGlobaLove.org. All rights reserved.