Walking away coming from the meal: thoughts on Passover as well as Judas

Today we remember the Jewish passover, the ancient tradition instituted by God through Moses, in which the story of the descendants of Abraham as slaves in Egypt freed by miraculous intervention is actually told as well as retold.  as well as because we are learners who live in bodies, This specific story comes with props, bitter herbs as well as pierced flatbread as well as cups of wine.  This specific is actually the very meal Jesus was celebrating with his twelve disciples on the night he was betrayed.  as well as though the meal is actually meant to create community, a common story, a redemptive framework upon generations of suffering, an assurance of things hoped for . . . Judas walked out that will night.  This specific was the painting featured in today’s Biola Lent devotion:

The background is actually a scene of sustenance. Food, wine, readings, prayer, talking, laughing.  Friends.  Yet Judas is actually glancing back for one last glimpse of that will light as he heads into the shadow.
Which is actually an important detail.  This specific moment sets in motion the entire arrest as well as crucifixion, yes.  yet This specific moment also encapsulates God’s choice to effect history through humans.  So often when we look at the mess we’ve made, we wonder why God doesn’t immediately zap out all the tears as well as straighten everything up right right now.  yet Jesus let Judas walk away.  as well as ever since, redemption comes quietly, one man dying as well as rising, as well as two millennia of followers doing the same. Billions of daily choices, to embrace the light, to sit at the table, to raise a glass to Jesus.  Or to turn away coming from the feast, to slip into the dark shadows of hate as well as greed as well as jealousy as well as violence.  We will never fully understand the mystery of that will plan, of how God’s goodness as well as love win the universe over to wholeness in a sure as well as inevitable plan that will still lurches along asking humans to participate. Once for all on Easter weekend, then seeping out to the frayed edges every second since.
The nation freed at Passover turned back coming from freedom repeatedly.  They remembered Egypt with rose-colored longing whenever the going got too tough (as well as This specific was tough).  as well as we daily devalue the bread as well as the wine set out for us as we cram all kinds of empty calories that will cannot satisfy.  
The blog has been quiet as we traveled to the Christian Medical as well as Dental Association biannual meeting for continuing medical education for health care providers all over Africa, the Middle East, central Asia.  Over 900 doctors, nurses, therapists, parents, kids, professors, program directors, board members, etc assembled for nine days of an overwhelmingly rich meal.  Seven lectures a day x 4-8 choices per time slot x 9 days of programming, plus morning preaching as well as evening extras . . This specific was a feast, for sure.  We were challenged to some big-picture strategic thinking as well as updated on the science of medicine.  We had numerous meals with younger (mostly!) medical families, hoping to encourage them.  We cheered on the Sergers giving presentations . . . after almost two decades of coming to these meetings as the only doctors our Serge area, we had a solid team of co-workers at This specific one, as well as most of them in teaching roles! The conference is actually like the table from the background of the painting, rich with fellowship as well as content.  yet right now we as well as others develop the choice to embrace as well as continue, or turn as well as walk away.  Praying that will we will stay with the table even when This specific’s hard to see Jesus there, as well as not be fooled by the shadows.
Another rich table, Rodger B instructing me on intubation skills at a workshop at the conference, photo by Ari
we had a full day off as well as hiked up a smaller mountain in a protected area along the coast, which for us is actually an invitation to God’s feast of beauty in nature
In that will same spirit, prayers appreciated for Scott as we head to Uganda tomorrow.  He’s invited to speak at a weekend conference for Ugandan medical students, in memory of Dr. Jonah Kule.  We’d like to challenge them as well as point them by faith to sit at the table of service with Jesus, as well as not go chasing unsatisfying wealth as well as comfort.  
Blessings to your Easter weekends.  Here’s the Passover Guide we like though I’m sure there are many, as well as again the Biola link for the Scripture-poetry-art-music-devotional thought-prayer each day.

Walking away coming from the meal: thoughts on Passover as well as Judas

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