Jesus took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day… Matthew 20:17-19
Today’s the day: Good Friday. Good, because on this day, Jesus – Son of God, Son of Man – had the courage to do what was asked of him and let them nail him to a cross, pierce his hands and feet, break his heart…
Try as I might, I just cannot imagine being one of the disciples and having to watch that happen. To be his mother and finally know what Simeon meant when he said “a sword will pierce your side also” – I’m sure that’s what she felt as she watched her firstborn suffer. When you read Jesus’ own words, it just sounds so matter-of-fact; oh, by the way, this is what’s gonna happen when we get to Jerusalem… and then it really happened! Everything he said! The hand-over, the mocking, the flogging, the betrayal, the denial… all of it. He gave them lots of warning: Get Ready. It’s Coming.
People get ready
There’s a train, it’s coming
You don’t need no baggage
You just get on board
All you need is faith
To hear the diesels humming
Don’t need no ticket, no
You just thank the Lord
This will be the song that closes the service tonight. After we’ve heard the “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’” sermon, the words of Curtis Mayfield’s much-loved, much-recorded song will bring it home. Yes, it’s Friday and it all seems unbelievably, overwhelmingly wrong – but have faith, give thanks because People! Get Ready: Sunday’s comin’.
Thanks for following this journey so far. Hope to see you all tonight: 7 pm at House of James.