This mornings readings from the daily lectionary included Exodus 12: 1-42 and John 13: 1-17. They juxtapose the passover meal before the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt and the Last Supper. How faithfully God has pursued his people throughout the centuries.
Our view of time is warped. We get frustrated when God does not answer our prayers now this instant and are puzzled by the many prayers that seem to remain unanswered. What we forget is that God answered all our prayers 2000 years ago in the death and resurrection of Christ
I was struck by this in a fresh way today as I read the following reflections sent to me by our friend Doug Woods who celebrated the Jewish passover with his family.
It struck me as I went about my busy day today that just shy of 2000 years ago today, Jesus died, but that for God all time is now.
While I was busy getting the kids off to school, Jesus was busy staggering his cross to Calvary.
While I was busy at the store buying my bitter herbs, Jesus was busy being nailed to the cross.
While I was busy choosing the Sewder wine, Jesus was rejecting the wine with gall.
While I went through my busy day – doing both good and evil – Jesus hung on the cross and took it all.
While the kids were packing up there school supplies, Jesus was commending his Mother to John.
While I was busy picking up the kids, Jesus was busy dieing.
While I went about preparing our Seder Dinner, Joseph of Arimathea was negotiating for Jesus’ body.
While our family celebrated our simple Seder dinner, Joseph and Nicodemius buried Jesus in the tomb.
While I was busy washing the dishes the authorities were busy sealing His tomb.
It was a very busy day.