“The Vision”

What was the vision Jesus communicated to his band the night before he died?  After celebrating Passover with his disciples and teaching them to remember him through bread and wine, Jesus gave them this stunning assignment;

You are those who have stood by me in my trials.  And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.  But I have preayd for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your bothers. (Luke 22:28-32)

Wow.  Wouldn’t one would expect a moment of transcendent ecstasy to lift the disci0les to the seventh heaven in Christ’s presence at this point?  Instead, they begin to bicker and boast…

And, in response, Jesus serves.  He takes the bowl and the towel and he washes their feet.  He serves more food and drink.  He does not confront or chastise.  Instead, he disrupts his followers’ hearts by looking directly at Peter and naming his betrayal, inviting him to return even before he departs.

Worship is an anticipation based on a remembrance that exposes our petty, quarrelsome, prideful hearts and then welcomes us to dine with him and feed our brothers and sisters.  `When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’  There is no question: You will return.  There is no question: He will receive you, empower you, and send you back to serve those you have harmed.

Is that what goes on in the average Sunday morning “worship” service?


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