Toward the end of tonight’s Maundy Thursday Worship Service, following a hand-washing ritual where worshippers washed each others hands and then partook in communion, I offered the following reflection as we moved toward the Cross:
Jesus goes from the table of communion where the bread was shared and wine was poured to his execution where his body will be broken and his blood spilled.
Jesus goes from having his followers faithfully by his side to his disciples abandoning him as he faces his earthly demise.
Jesus goes from being a breathing human being to the Cross where he will cry out to God: “Why have you forsaken me?!?!” and breathe his last.
Jesus goes from the light of life into the darkness of death.
And we go from following Jesus in joy and faithfulness to
abandoning him in his final hour.
staring teary eyed at an empty cross where the full embodiment of God was murdered.
locking our doors, turning off the lights and pulling down the shades to grieve his loss.
hiding and shaking under the covers as the world comes apart.
lamenting how we rejected the Divine Love that created each and every one of us.
wondering if this is the end of life as we know it.
The triune God of our beginnings and endings, goes with Jesus and all of us through the entire journey
from nothing to something
from sorrow to happiness
from hardship to redemption
from judgment to forgiveness
as we go from sin to grace
as we go from darkness to light
as we go from the cross into the future of a new world–a place unknown
A reality and kingdom that lies beyond ourselves, our fears and our walls.