In the name of the one, holy and living God:
who creates, redeems and sustains us. Amen.
The lives of the disciples have been quite topsy-turvy over the past weeks!
Things were going along just fine…
well, as fine as life can go when following a man who chooses love
But, despite scrapes with the law, and occasionally hiding out, each morning when they got up they knew they would do good that day…touching the outcast and healing the maimed, lame, blind and possessed.
They had committed their lives to following Jesus – whatever that meant.
Until the unexpected happened.
Jesus had really ticked off the powers that be, and Judas…
well, Judas had succumbed to greed.
So a detachment of soldiers along with the police from the chief priests and the Pharisees interrupted the quiet of the garden, and violence erupted as Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of the chief priest’s slave.
From that moment nothing went right.
Jesus was arrested and bound and taken to the high priest for questioning.
As he was being questioned Peter stood outside,
warming himself by a charcoal fire,
and it was then that fear overwhelmed him,
and he denied even knowing Jesus
but three times.
The cock crowed,
and Peter hung his head…how could he have done such a thing?
He would never have done such a thing.
If this wasn’t bad enough, Jesus was flogged and struck on his face, and a crown of thorns pierced his head.
After he was condemned to die, he had to carry his own cross to the site of crucifixion.
their Messiah, their hope,
was to die a shameful, painful death for all the world to see.
His crucifixion was too frightening and painful for the disciples to watch, except for the disciple whom he loved and a handful of women, including his mother who already had endured the shame and pain of his birth and could not leave him to bear his pain alone,
despite her breaking heart.
This life upon which they had staked their hopes and dreams was over when Jesus uttered the words, “It is finished.”
With haste his body was buried, and the mourning began.
Until the unexpected happened. Continue reading