LaGrange District

 

 

The Experience…

I tagged along last week as the Deacons of our Conference met to experience The Biblical History Center here in LaGrange.

Upon arrival at the Center, I had the sense that this might be unique. Then as the tour began, I felt as if I had stepped into a different world—one that surely resembled the ancient world in which Jesus lived. As Dr. Jim Fleming shared historical truths and recent findings, providing even more perspective on Jesus’ time, we followed, recalling how the good news came to us all.

And then it happened—the “First Century Meal”. We sat at table together around the period-appropriate U-shaped tables, where we shared a delicious “dipping” meal. (Go and give it a try—I think you will like it.)

Important info: For people in Jesus’ time, eating with someone was an act of reconciliation and forgiveness. It was a coming together in action. In particular, honor was extended to those who ate immediately beside the host. Jesus would have been the host on that critical night.

As Jesus hosted his last supper on earth, just before he was crucified, he said “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me.” (Mark 14:18-20)

Judas was not only at the table with Jesus, Jesus told us that Judas was eating right beside Him! Sharing a dipping bowl with Him!

What?! Do you see the connection? The depth of betrayal was astounding! The deceit was Infuriating! The whole thing--Unthinkable!

Yet Jesus had already forgiven Judas; He ate with him. He shared his bowl. Moreover, Jesus went on to share that sacred moment of the first Holy Communion, still with Judas. Even the betrayer was welcome at the table.

As you recall the love of Jesus for Judas, even Judas, do you feel the depth of the love of Jesus for you? I was moved, humbled, newly amazed at the love of our Lord. It was a fresh experience of an ancient and eternal truth. It was more than I ever hoped from a half-day excursion!

As we step into this new Easter season, I would invite us not so much to a Happy Easter, but to a fresh experience of the sacrifice of our Lord. It is the one truth that makes a Happy Easter possible.

Shalom,

Susan

(For more information on The Biblical History Center, please visit their website at www.biblicalhistorycenter.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Superintendent


Susan Landry
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susan.gary.landry@ngumc.net
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Denise Wilson
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