Sacrifice

‘And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.’  And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?  And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.’   Matthew 26: 21-23   KJV

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‘Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.  And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.  Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.  And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?’    Matthew 26: 36-40   KJV

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It is Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday…the commemoration of the Last Supper.  We are living in the middle of a pandemic like none of us, unless you were alive in 1918 during the time of the Spanish Flu, have experienced.  We Christians are sobered and reflective and quiet…tonight…as we ponder the sacrifice of our Lord.

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‘The Passion of Christ refers to the week of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  It’s remembering the events of the week beginning with Palm Sunday when Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem and culminating in His suffering.’   Christianity.com

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As we sit in our homes, and participate in our Maundy Thursday church services on-line…we reflect, in a unique manner, on the suffering of Christ.  We are isolated and afraid and trying to understand God’s plan…and our place in it.  Suffering is terrible and gut-wrenching and sleep depriving.  Worry can quickly transform into despair.  Hope can become hopelessness…without a north-star for our lives.  We all need a lighthouse.  We are spiritual beings living in earthly bodies.

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‘We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.’   C.S. Lewis

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‘There is no greater expression of love than the heroic Atonement performed by the Son of God.’    M. Russel Ballard

‘When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted friendships – when he gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us.’    Oswald Chambers

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‘So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord are you going to wash my feet?’  Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’  No, said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.  Jesus answered, Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.  ‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’    John 13: 4-9   NIV

Christ was a servant/leader.

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I see the eyes of the image of Jesus…as he looked over Jerusalem…depicted on the painting that my mother purchased for me…when I first became a christian.  They were sad eyes.

 

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