Tonight begins the Three Days that lie at the center of our worship year as followers of Christ. During this time we tell the story of Jesus’ last night before he was arrested, his crucifixion, and the resurrection on Easter morning.
On Maundy Thursday, we recount Jesus’ last commandment to his followers during the last meal they ate together. The remembrance is different each year. Some years we retell the story of the Last Supper, which became for us the sacrament of Holy Communion. This year we dive into the Gospel of John, wherein Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, bid them to do the same for each other, and utters the famous phrase, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
On Good Friday, we hear, at length, the story of Jesus’ trial and execution. We’re confronted with the futility of our own, human perception of the universe. Every aspiration to rightness, every system of justice, every human instinct fails us as we watch Jesus being thrust towards the cross. We realize, finally, that we are not the “good guys”, but that God loves us anyway.
Then, having experienced the sadness of the cross, we awake on Easter morn realizing that God will not let this stand. Love does prevail. Hope is fulfilled. Joy shines through sorrow and burns away the dark of night, transforming us and the universe with an astonishing declaration: “He is not here, he is risen!”
You will be able to participate in video services on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday this week. We hope you will join us along this walk towards resurrection light and we hope your Easter Sunday is blessed and full of goodness!