Dear Friends –
As the 40 day Lenten journey to Jerusalem draws to a close, this Thursday night we will recall the disciples gathering in an upper room for the Last Supper…and within hours Jesus being nailed to a cross.
Old Testament scholar Derek Kidner, in his commentary on Genesis, makes the connection between these events and the Garden of Eden, when Eve was tempted and disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit:
“She took…and ate: so simple the act, so hard its undoing.
God will taste poverty and death before ‘take and eat’ become verbs of salvation.”
Amazingly, God tastes poverty and death in Jesus Christ, not to beat us up, not to make us feel bad, not to read us the riot act, but to help us realize how dear we are to God.
Jesus says “take and eat” and offers us the bread and cup – to give us a tangible expression of God’s love, and who doesn’t need that?
I hope you can join us as we celebrate Christ’s body and blood at Maundy Thursday Worship Service, 6:30 pm—7:15 pm.
Grace and peace,