I am not very musical, nor can I recall from memory many of the hymns of my youth, except for one. This one captured me, and lodged its words and melody deep within me. “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” became my favorite hymn. The third stanza is my favorite:
See, from his hands, his head, his feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did ere such love and sorrow meet?
Or love compose so rich a crown?
No. Such love and sorrow have never met; the deepest sorrow ever felt by a human being, there in the breast of our savior. Sorrow for the sin and brokenness of this world. And mingled right within that sorrow was the highest and most beautiful love, which held him there for our sake, a love which could have called down mighty angels from heaven. Love kept him silently submitted, however, to the will of His Father and for the sake of sinners.
No again. Love has never composed so rich a crown. This is not Jesus’ coronation. He is the king of all creation, who was and is and is to come. But the cross is the greatest demonstration of his royal credentials, and nature of his kingdom and reign.
This evening we step into the Triduum, a three-day period beginning with the liturgy of Maundy Thursday and ending the evening of Easter Sunday. It encompasses the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. In tonight’s Maundy Thursday service, we join the disciples in the upper room, commemorating Jesus’ washing of their feet and his institution of the Lord’s Supper.
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all,
PS Please consider attending the 9am Easter service; this will not only help make room for all our guests, but also allow you more time for your post-service Easter plans.