April 18, 2019 (Maundy-Thursday) “Fulfilled in the Kingdom of God”
Text: Farewell Discourse of Jesus
in John 14-17 (Excerpts)
We have been exploring how we take
the gifts of the past and the present and exchange them for the future. How do
we prepare for God doing something new? As we
celebrate the institution of the Lord’s Supper, we are reminded of the
story of the Passover. It is a story and practice that sustained and gave
meaning to the Hebrew community for many generations. In Jesus Christ, God
redefined the story and practice. It is still the Passover, but now it is done
in rememberance of Christ. Doing it in remembrance of Christ, is no longer
remembering the past. Doing it in remembrance of Christ is remembering that in
Christ, God is doing something new yet to be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.
It is not a rememberance of God’s actions in the past, but a casting forward
based on promise and hope fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. It is already present, but will be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.