Thursday, April 21, 2011

Circle of Love ~ Thursday April 21, 2011

Thursday April 21                              John 17                                   Holy Thursday                      

Living Last Supper Drama with Holy Communion ~ 6:30 PM tonight at Wilson United Methodist Church

First, let me encourage you to be at the church tonight for the dramatic presentation of the Living Last Supper and the celebration of Holy Communion.  Members of our congregation will open your eyes to the various dynamics that were being expressed in the hearts of the early disciples.  I know it will be a great blessing for your Holy Week Journey.

Second, I would suggest that you read today’s Scripture from start to finish in one session.  It is the end of a section that actually begins at the start of Chapter 13.   We sometimes call this section the Upper Room Discourse.  It begins when Jesus gathers his disciples in the Upper Room to share the Passover meal.  He washes their feet and begins to teach them.  You may want to read the entire section starting with Chapter 13 and flowing through Chapter 17.  You will be reading a personal prayer that was offered by Jesus. 

The prayer unfolds in three major parts.  Initially the prayer draws a focus on the relationship Jesus shares with God the Father.  From there he shifts his attention to the disciples who are present in the room with him.  Finally he projects his prayer in to the future as he prays for all who will believe in his name in days to come.  Be sure to read it as a prayer.  Read it slowly.  You might even want to read it through two or three times to get the full flavor of his passion.

As you come to the end of your reading please set your Bible down and simply reflect for a few moments.  Let the prayer of Jesus sink into your soul.  Consider what it would mean if Jesus (his person and his teaching) was actually embedded into your spirit. 

Now, read the last verse once again and ask yourself, what does it mean to be ‘in Christ and for Christ to be in me?’

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