Thursday, April 13, 2017

Journey to Jerusalem: Is it I, Lord?

Journey to Jerusalem: IN BODY & SOUL

Having arrived in Jerusalem, we journey with Jesus during his last days.

Matthew 26:17-22
On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal. When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord? Is it I?”

it was a powerful drama,
a reenactment of your last supper.
I remember it so well.

One by one,
each of your 12 disciples
stood, stepped into the spotlight,
and asked, "Is it I, Lord?"
Then they began to recount
the ways they each
have betrayed you, Lord Jesus.

The drama ends with this poem:
The bread is broken and the wine is poured,
And once more grim Golgotha’s hill is nigh.
By whom is Christ again denied, betrayed?
Or should we all cry out, Lord, Is it I?

A traitor kisses Him upon His cheek;
A fisherman unsheathes his sword nearby,
Did this take place two thousand years ago?
Or should we all cry out, Lord, is it I?

A crown of thorns is pressed upon His brow,
And, bearing His own cross, He goes to die.
Whose is the guilt, the everlasting shame?
Or should we all cry out, Lord, IS it I?
Is it I, Lord?
Is it I?

During Lent at Westminster Presbyterian Church, we have journeyed well over 7,000 miles together! Thank you for joining us on the Journey to Jerusalem!

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