Holy Week

Good Friday – Why Sacrifice?

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Galatians 6:14] Today is the most solemn day of the Christian year. We have prepared ourselves for it with an almost forty day fast.  We have intensified our focus on the Cross by veiling it for the past two weeks in church services.  Last night we have stripped away all other furnishings in the church except this Cross, that we…

Maundy Thursday – A new commandment

On this Holy Thursday we commemorate Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and the institution of the Holy Communion at the Last Supper. I find the Gospel accounts of that last night with the disciples, to be one of the most moving and revealing passages of Scripture. The gift of Holy Communion to me, is the core of what the church has to offer, for all who are hungry and thirsty and who long…

Tuesday in Holy Week – King Jesus

In this Holy Week, we are following Jesus on his journey through Jerusalem. Two days ago, on Palm Sunday we were standing on the side of the road, waving with our palm branches and our palm crosses, when He was riding on his donkey into Jerusalem. And doing so, Jesus was fulfilling the prophesy by Zechariah: ‘Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!      Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you,      righteous and…

Wednesday in Holy Week – Not my will, but Yours be done

Today we are coming closer to the climax of Christ’s suffering. We will look at Jesus’ prayer as He knows his death is near, one of his most important prayers:  “Not my will, but Yours be done.” He prays this while he is on the Mount of Olives, after celebrating the Passover with his disciples – which we will remember tomorrow. Yet, this prayer of Christ is crucial for understanding his whole life and mission.…

Good Friday – Christ for all Nations

I have very mixed feelings about Good Friday.  Feelings of guilt, shame, and thankfulness.  All those mixed together.  Perhaps you share these feelings. 1 Appearance beyond human semblance Throughout the Gospels we meet with a Jesus who was attractive to be in touch with; people came to him by day and by night, men, women, children, educated and non-educated. But …. on this Good Friday, we remember Him as the one no-one wanted to look…

Good Friday – “I crucified thee”

“I crucified thee” “Then Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things written by the Prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked and spitefully entreated and spitted on: and they shall scourge him, and put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again.  And they understood none…

Maundy Thursday – Allowing Jesus to wash our feet

If you knew you were going to die in under a week, wouldn’t you prioritize and take care of the really important things?  So what would they be for you? John Robinson, Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge in my time of theological study and earlier Bishop of Woolwich whose little book ‘Honest to God’ caused such an uproar in the 1960’s comes to my mind when I think about that question of priorities.  Robinson was…

Palm Sunday – He emptied himself

 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus: who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant…” This morning we have begun Holy Week, the culmination of our Lent and leading to the most important celebration of the Christian year – the Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Sunday. Through this coming…

Good Friday – The Cross Remains

Therefore… we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us… Hebrews 10:19-20 Today we take time to rest in silence and to meditate on our Lord who on this day was nailed to the Cross. Here, before the Cross, we know love, and are moved by what is beyond our understanding, it is more than we can comprehend [Aquinas] – so…

Palm Sunday – Mind Christ

“Let this mind be in you, which is yours in Christ Jesus: who…humbled himself; by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a Cross.” Philippians 2:5f Yesterday I was given the gift of a flight over the Netherlands with Stephan Westerbeek van Eerten in a tiny plane, more like a kite – viewing the world and our church from the heavens above.  For a couple of hours we were lifted above our lives here…