Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v03n08)
Life's Ripples from Broad Ripple United Methodist Church by Rev. Timothy Rasmussen
posted: Apr. 21, 2006
In the Christian tradition, April 13, 2006 is called Maundy Thursday. This is the day that Jesus had His last supper with the disciples. The word Maundy comes from the Latin word for mandate; the mandate is the new commandment Jesus gives that we are to love one another, just as Jesus loves us.
Jesus then proceeds to fully demonstrate that love the next day by laying his life down. In various languages Friday is referred to as Holy, Great, Sorrowful, and God's Friday. In the English translation, we call it Good Friday. Christians consider it good because on this day God, through Jesus, accomplished the redemption of the world.
There are many different theological schools of thought with many contrasting views about what actually occurred during this week. However, there is a consensus among historical scholars that a man named Jesus was put to death by Roman authorities. The question then becomes what that means for us, which leads us to the subject of faith.
To explore the event of Jesus' death, and to strengthen or become reacquainted with your faith, I hope you attended services last week. Easter was celebrated in numerous churches in this community in a variety of ways. There is a service that will fit your heart's desire. Don't be afraid to go looking for it.
Tim has been a United Methodist Pastor since 1973 and has been at Broad Ripple United Methodist since 2003. Email your questions/comments to tim@BroadRippleGazette.com