Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"A multi-thousand year long rope"

Christian blogger Nate Spencer, who resides in Asheville, NC (aka, Crazytown), is also an accomplished musician, and will be going on tour soon, starting in Memphis and then skedaddling south and west. So I suppose he won't be blogging so much in the next month or so, but his most recent post was a doozy. He's talking about "the remembrance feast of communion." Here's a significant snip:
What Jesus is doing in Luke 22:4-20 is taking a multi-thousand year long rope, and tying it around his waist. Then he's taking the other end, tying a stone to it, and hurling that stone forward in time to the end of history, and he's saying to his church "grab ahold." If and when the church holds on to the rope, they are tugged around, shifted, influenced, by his movements. As he goes to the cross, those holding the rope feel the shivers and jerks in the rope as he is beaten relentlessly, dragged up a hill, and nailed to a piece of wood. They feel a series of slightly decreasing tensions and releases as he gasps for his final breaths. If they are holding tightly enough, and solemnly silent enough, they can hear him cry out that he is thirsty.

Have you ever watched someone die? I haven't, but I'm sure I would never be the same. And I'm sure this death, were I watching, would change me like no other. And by practicing the remembrance meal, that is what we do each time: together, we watch the Son of Man die. And each time we die with him. And then, on the third day as the mysterious Church Universal grieves what they have just seen, all of us throughout history will feel a gentle tug on the rope, first imperceptible. Then, unbelievably, we begin being dragged about, with forceful purpose and energy. He's alive, he's strong, and he's shoving the stone out of the way with his bare hands. Incredulous, the church feels the movement and intention of the Risen Glorified Christ as he exits the grave leaving death inside.


The Journeyman said...

This is such a fantastically good post that I am speechless. Going to have to think about this for a while.

Bob said...

Yup, Nate has a way of leaving people speechless!

nAncY said...

i'm going to nate's place to read.

now here is your little poetry nudge for the month...

WHAM! POW! THUMP! ..oh sorry.
i get a wee bit carried away sometimes.

nAncY said...

nate's post is really good.

i will share it.