Thursday, March 28, 2013

Holy Thursday--

“This is the way in which you are to eat it: have your belt fastened,
sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand, and you must eat
in urgent haste. It is the LORD’S Passover” (Isaiah 12:11).

“I have set you an example: you are to do as I have done for you” (John 13:15).

Holy Thursday

The First Passover, death was
in the air—also at this meal,
death and salvation. The first Passover
they stood, belted, sandal shod,
eating quickly, staff in hand—

This, a more leisurely meal, he kneels,
before bare feet
and washes them—a servant’s act: vulnerable—
and an act of welcome, of
hospitality and threshold crossing—
strange in that he is
leaving; to what are they welcomed?

And then speaks of his glorification,
certain; now, of himself, face like flint

The angel of death, once destroying oh
so many, will now take but one—
the first born—the new Adam.


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