The church remembers the suffering of Christ this week, walking an equivalent of "the green mile," recalling various scenes throughout the Passion Narrative. As I'm writing, it is Maundy Thursday. This is the story in the Passion Narrative offering one last hope of things working out differently. As we read the scene of the Last Supper and participate in the Eucharist, we meet Judas and Jesus mid conversation. Will Judas change course?
In good Protestant form, we will rush things and move into Good Friday tonight. The Last Supper ends on a dark note. The scene changes to the darkness of night in the Garden of Gethsemane. We abandon Jesus there, and we end this week bewildered. Jesus is tortured and executed. Friends place his corps in a tomb. For all practical purposes, his ministry is over. All messiah-believing Jews bury another embarrassment.
You and I, we must feel this bewilderment before we can fully feel the joy of Easter.