Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Living Last Supper: The Performance

Performance night finally arrived.
So much had been done in preparation for this moment.
As I set the table with the earthware dishes carefully handcrafted out of clay
by an immensely talented man in our choir, I was reminded of the scripture verse,

"But now, O Lord, thou art our father;
we are the clay,
and thou our potter;
and we are all the work of thy hand."
Isaiah 64:8

We were about to watch the story of the Master Creator of the universe, of us,
sharing a last meal with His 12 friends, His inner circle, His core group of disciples.
After which He would ultimately lay down those same hands
 that fashioned us 
to be nailed to a cross in a fashion most brutal because He loves us.

They were all there.  Business men, married men, young men, middle-aged men.
Fishermen, brothers, former terrorist, and the one would be used of Satan to betray Him.

He would share refreshment, conversation, laughter with each man.....equally.
No man was better than another in His eyes.
He would tell them that the bread they were eating were symbolic of His body.
The cup.....a reminder of His blood.
What was He talking about?
Who would betray Him?
Jesus didn't exclude anyone even though He already knew the answer to that question.

In one of the most moving scenes, we were taken back to that moment when Jesus
invited these men to allow Him to do something they had never witnessed Him do before.
He washed their feet.
Some resisted, not understanding what He was showing them.

"Let this mind be in you, 
which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, 
and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men:"
Philippians 2: 5-7

Even Judas.

Even me.

 How great his love,
How great His mercy,
to choose the path that leads to Calvary;
To drink the cup.....of pain and sorrow;
How great His love, how great His love for me.
How great His love,
How great the love of God the Father,
to choose a plan that sends His only Son
to live with us, to walk among us;
How great His love, 
how great His love for us.
How great His love,
how great His love,
that He should call us His children,
that He should give Jesus;
How great His love for us.

~Ruth Elaine Schram

1 comment:

Donna said...

This was such a special performance and everyone did an outstanding job. The most touching part for me was when Jesus washed His disciples' feet. Such a wonderful example of a humble servant. If He could do that for His disciples, surely I can be humble and do much for Him.