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The Final Days

Today is Maundy (or Holy) Thursday.  Christians around the world will honor Jesus’ final meal with his disciples and will partake of the Lord’s Supper, remembering his words, “This is my body,” and “This is my blood.”  But beneath Jesus’ words that reframe Passover for his followers, there was grief and suffering.  For Jesus, this day was the beginning of the end.  The evening included betrayal by a friend, abandonment by those closest to him, denial by one of his inner circle, and ultimately rejection by those he had come to save.  In the end, he was alone, praying anxiously about the coming hours, suffering mental anguish, physical pain and inner struggle.

It is in times of deepest distress that we are alone–alone with our struggles, alone with the grief, alone with our fears and uncertainties.  Even praying is a challenge–words cannot express the depths of our pain.

The writer of Hebrews reminds us, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16, NRSV)

Even if all you have are tears, Jesus understands. He has had those times too.  And God’s grace will help you get through it, just like it helped Jesus.

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One Comment

  1. Actually, people who know remorse and are moved to tears, release sparks of Divinity and help repair our fractured world, as we collectively bring about the Messianic with study, kindness and deeds, especially when these are not paraded around in a Pharasaic fashion. Deeds should be done not for the ego, but with loving intent as we collectively co-create with God to lovingly paint a world worthy of Jesus’ return. Though, this is merely my perspective.


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