by Amanda Kerr
This past Sunday’s service was so beautiful and special! From the vibrant green palms, the joyful noise of children & their instruments during the processional, to the holy and energetic music from the choir and the handbell players. I am so thankful to be a part of First Christian Church Greensboro and to be on this journey with you.
This week is a very meaningful and holy time for Christians around the world as we move from Jesus’ humble, yet triumphant entry into Jerusalem, through the celebration of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, and into Good Friday where we remember Christ’s death on the cross. Then we will gather on Easter Sunday for a celebration of joy and new life, because we know that Love will always have the final word.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend First Christian’s Good Friday service because I have the honor of preaching at a church in Winston-Salem along with several other Wake Divinity students. Each of us were assigned one of the “last words of Jesus,” so I am preaching on Jesus’ words in John 19:28, “I am thirsty.” At this Good Friday service we are also remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. since April 4th is the 50th anniversary of his assassination. As I prepare for this sermon reading through different accounts of the Easter story, as well as several of Dr. King’s works, I keep coming back to one question, “What was Jesus thirsty for?”
Of course, on a deeply physical and human level Jesus longed for something to soothe his body during hours of excruciating pain on the cross. But throughout the gospel stories, we find that Jesus’ words have layers of meaning. Perhaps there is more for us in these three short words than first meets the eye, “I am thirsty.” Perhaps Dr. King shared Jesus’ thirst for a just and equitable society, where all people regardless of race, skin color or identity were treated with dignity and respect.
As we move through Holy Week, I encourage you to pick up the gospel story and take some time to read through the passion narrative that follows Jesus to the cross and out of the tomb. As you read, ask the Holy Spirit to stir up new insights and meaningful questions, so we may hear this story of death and resurrection anew.
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