After worshiping this morning, I remain convinced that Good Friday is one of the most significant days in the church calendar. We need the message of today desperately: that on this day, Jesus showed us the full extent of his love. This morning, I referenced the story of how Jesus washed his disciples’ feet–all of their feet, including those of Judas. N.T. Wright points out that in that story is the command to go and wash one another’s feet in the same way. In other words, Jesus says to us, “Go and serve and love in the way you have been served and loved by Me.” There is action built into the Good Friday story. In love Jesus picks up a basin and towel and washes. In love, Jesus carries his cross to the hill at Golgotha.
For us who came to the Communion Table in order to bring our sins, failures, weaknesses and brokenness, and who found that when we opened our hands before the cross that we received love and life in return, we have the hope of so many new possibilities. And we are called to live out that hope in the place where we find ourselves. Bishop Wright says:
And remember: again and again, when God is up to something new, it doesn’t always start with a bang. If God is going to hear our prayers in Holy Week and do new things…in our lives…it pretty certainly isn’t going to mean that suddenly hundreds of people are going to flood into church, hundreds of new homes are going to be built, crime and drugs will stop and all the problems out there and in here are going to be solved at a stroke. No. Jesus often told parables about sowing seeds, about things growing secretly, little by little. There are signs of hope already. Some new things are happening in the community and in the church. Other things may be starting up if you know where to look. Our job is to bring the whole thing, the ‘out there’ stuff and the ‘in here’ stuff, all of it, to the meal which speaks of the cross. And…as we stand at the foot of the cross itself–we wait with hope, because the One whose journey we are sharing is the One who, as John says, loved his own who were in the world and loved them to the end.