Today is Maundy Thursday – “Maundy” being a reference to the new commandment – “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). It is the day prior to the crucifixion. Jesus knows what he is about to face. He knows the darkness he is about to step into…
Jesus will step into the darkness of death and into death he will bring light and life. But step into the darkness he must.
Before he goes he instructs his friends – “love one another as I have loved you”. Be light in the darkness. Step into the difficult places where evil, anger, abuse, neglect, greed, pain, and suffering overwhelm the lives of those whom God created. Take light into the darkness. Face it with courage and know that the power to overcome such things is not your own. You have within you the light of Christ and the power of God’s Holy Spirit.
Jesus faced the darkness with courage – a willingness to step into it even though the cost to himself would be great. May the Christ who lives in us make us courageous as well.
Holy high-five to you,