Saturday, 11 April 2009
Maunday Thursday and Good Friday
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand." Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you." For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, "Not all of you are clean."
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord--and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, `Where I am going, you cannot come.' I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
These two days were brilliant .
Thursday was all ways going to be HELP Becky and Carl pack boxes day I arrived at 9am with a car full of packing boxes courtesy of Christopher's work place ( reused). I could not possibly start the day without a brew and sure enough that was the first job that and a yummy hot Cross bun.
Packing and wrapping then got underway until we came to another drink break that actually meant we stopped and watched the new James Bond film. Ian arrived and that led to lunch and in fact no more packing was done we just had a fab visit with Becky and Carl. I still drove home with a car crammed full of boxes to be stored in our garage.
Hopefully not long til the extension is started and finished then we will do the return trip.
Thursday evening popped in to Weigh Watchers and had managed to loose 1 1/2lb a total of 18 1/2 since Jan 8th.
Ian and I headed to church for a Christian Passover meal about 60 members of our church family gathered together to remember what had taken place all those years ago.
At the end I found myself offering to take part in the all night vigil at church ( an hour slot) so Deb and I turned up, I have never known an hour pass so quickly such peace and quiet.
Good Friday arrived and Had a go at sorting the 2 spare bedrooms ready for Liz and James arrival. All looked good.
At 2 I went to a vigil at the cross for an hour. It has been good to take time out of the busyness of life to actually stop and think what Easter is about, yes it is lovely to have chocolate ( especially after weeks without any) but for me thinking about what I believe has been a good thing to do.
Ian and I popped round to see Chris for a bit and the menay was trying to get me to eat chocolate the smell was so yummy nearly there. Oh and for those interested I have quit biting my nails .
So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'This man said, I am King of the Jews.'" Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written." When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it." This was to fulfill what the scripture says,
"They divided my clothes among themselves,and for my clothing they cast lots."And that is what the soldiers did.
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty." A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.