A PATHOS of thoughts and imagery fill my soul as I gently tiptoe through the meandering path of Lent to the cross at Golgotha. This happens every year at this time. I want to feel what Jesus felt in the last week of His life.
How did Jesus feel and what thoughts and emotions filled his mind when He was preparing to share His last meal with His disciples? Judas was there too!. The beloved apostle, John, tells us that, “During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him” (John 13:2). What pain, what humiliation must have run through the human mind of Jesus when He got down on His knees to wash the disciples feet (including those of Judas!).
When Peter reacted with unthinking objection - “You shall never wash my feet.” - the opportunity was opened for Jesus to teach us a most valuable lesson: “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” (John 13:8)
How are we washed to have a share with Jesus? How do we tell others of the need to be washed?
What did Jesus feel when He took what must be heavy steps with His disciples across the Kidron brook to where the garden was? He had just shared the last meal with His disciples. He had just watched a “friend” leave the room for good - without saying goodbye - only to show up with His enemies, to that familiar garden, where in times past, they had talked and laughed, cried and hoped, learned and loved? What it means to go on trial, to be flogged, to be crucified. What it means to look into the eyes of your mother one last time. What it means to ask, “Where are you, God?” What it means to inhale your last breath on a cross that was meant for us?
At a certain point, the reason for Good Friday is this: to teach us to detect the holy when the world denies it. To show us that the holy is present when most will resist it. To witness to the holy in those places and spaces where the holy is deemed not to be and not to belong.
You aren’t washed and you can’t have a share with Jesus until you have personally journeyed past this point.
Pastor Robert Chew