...the title given this day always
confused me as a child, what could
be considered 'good' about the
death of Jesus on the cross?
At our Bible Study yesterday
one of our members also commented
on how she found the 'Maundy Thursday'
service to be unsettling, such sadness
and darkness take reign over
the worship service.
Although we all understood the sadness
of the impending death of our Savior
contributed to the tone of this service
she felt that perhaps this service should
actually be held on 'Good Friday'
the actual day Jesus was crucified.
That the fellowship of Christ with his
disciples at the Last Supper
and the humble nature of our Lord
washing their feet is what should
be reflectedupon on Maundy Thursday.
It was an interesting and thoughtful
meeting to be sure.
On the one hand the brutality
of what happened on that fateful day
could hardly be considered 'good'
the promise of fulfillment of the Scriptures
as well as the promise of Eternal Life
with our Lord are to be considered good.
There have been many artistic
interpretations of the Crucifixion,
growing up Catholic the image
of the cross was ever present
in our church,
in our home, on our jewelry.
In the Presbyterian Church
where I am now a member the Crucifix
is empty, focusing on the resurrection.
Which ever way you choose to
view the Cross
we should all focus on the cost
of our Salvation.
Those who witnessed this event
first hand could grasp the momentousness
of the sacrifice, I cannot even begin
to imagine what pain Mary experienced
watching her son die for us.
Each year on Good Friday my family
sits down to watch 'The Passion',
which I know was extremely controversial
when it first came out, and it probably
still is seen as such by many.
What I can tell you is that watching
this film forever changed my view
on the the Crucifixion.
This was no longer just a story retold
each spring or some hollywood epic
film of old.
The reality of Christ's sacrifice
made me feel ever more responsibility
to earn God's favor.
I am undeserving of this gift
but Christ paid the price for me,
This film is quite graphic and not suited for young children
but if you truly want to experience the enormity
of what Easter is all about I highly recommend you watch it.