Apr 2017, Community Maundy Thursday @ Presbyterian Church
13.1-17, 31b-35 (message)
Missing institution of the Lord’s Table
addressed: How to relate to an absent Jesus
13:1 Jesus knew that his
hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father.
13:3 knowing that the
Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and
was going to God
13:33 Little children, I am
with you only a little longer.
13:33 Where I am going, you
This Sermon addresses absence in
forgiveness of sins”
13:8 Unless I wash you,
you have no share with me.
love … we miss out on Jesus entirely! And yet, we often obsess on our own
goodness. “Let not conscience make you linger/nor of fitness fondly dream”
(hymn lyric, cited by Bruner)
ourselves to Jesus as Lord we focus on what we must do, how we must serve. That
is not the first thing. The first thing is that Jesus the Lord desires to serve
and love us.
13:12 Do you know what I
have done to you?
justification story – that I am loved by God, PERIOD
sanctification story – love as I have
connected to an absent Jesus
Want it, bad, like Peter – more than your propriety or dignity