to finish saying everything he wants to say to the scrappy rag-tag army
he has been grooming for 3 years.
It is not the first time he has taught them, but it will be his last.
He has one a single night to finish –
What does he say? How will he sum up the whole of his teaching
so that it will burn in their minds for ever?
So that they will remember never to forget –
There were so many things learned over the past 3 years –
Will he sum it up?
Fish for people
Love your enemies, bless the poor,
Don’t serve serve two masters
Enter the narrow gate, bare good fruit, give all that you have,
Eat with tax collectors, heal the sick, cover the naked, the world will hate you,
cast out demons, don’t be afraid,
don’t take a bag, expect persecution,
be like sheep, watch for wolves, put God first,
give away your stuff, remember the widow,
leave your parents, don’t look back, pick a side, watch out for Satan,
take the plank out of your eye,
keep awake, I am always with you,
remember to pray,
avoid blind guides, give Ceaser what is his
Feed the crowd, lighten up, you can cure on the Sabbath!
don’t hide your lamp, don’t kill the prophet, I’ve brought a sword,
remember suffering is part of the deal,
love your God, the stranger is me, the widow is me, the starving child is me,
the prisoner is me, your neighbor is me, are you getting me?
turn the other cheek,
Be like a child, take the keys, forgive what you can, and take up your cross.
And when you get confused remember what I said; the kingdom of heaven is like a pearl, no, a mustard seed, a forgiving father, a treasure, a lost coin, a wedding banquet, a camel slipping through a needle, wheat & tares, maybe talents, a lost sheep, more like a rich fool, 10 bridesmaids, a good Samaritan, an unjust steward, a baron fig tree, a sower, a net, and yeast–
Do you get it now?
Because time has run out -
But was it enough? Had he said enough? Taught enough?
Given them what they need? How else can he
prepare them for what is still to come?
And then it occurs to him, one last lesson to sum up all the rest,
one final illustration to break open their minds,
something tangible, that can be held in the heart-
and He picks up the bread,
and says `this as my body,
made for you, broken for you, to be nourishment for you.
When you eat it, remember how much I love you.
And, he takes the wine, not a symbol, not a sign
and pours it out, fruit of the wine,
but no longer wine, blood.
My blood shed for you
washing over sins for you,
drink it and remember how much love I have for you –
I am feeding you.
Jesus has one last night to teach, one last time –
He picks up the bread, he picks up the cup and says
`Remember me. Love one another, and this is how you do it.’