God can make a new thing out of just about anything, even something as ordinary as a cup.
Jesus and his disciples shared one final meal together on the night before he was executed. It was an eventful night, begun with a meal during which one of his closest friends would leave quickly to consummate his betrayal, followed by an evening walk through a local garden where the disciples fell asleep while Jesus wept and prayed. After that, Jesus was found and arrested, then tried in the courts of Herod and Pilate, beaten and sentenced to die. Another of his disciples stood by and watched this spectacle, claiming he did not even know Jesus. The rest of the disciples just disappeared in fear, with only John appearing at the foot of the Good Friday cross.
Despite all that was set in motion on that eventful night, Jesus, instead of resentment, instead of complaining about what was to come, offered his disciples something new – a new covenant that would be brought through the spilling of his own blood – a new covenant that would be symbolized by the simplest of earthly vessels – a cup.
And now, nearly 2000 years later, each time the cup is raised at the altar, we remember this new thing that God has done for us, through the life, death and resurrection of the one who held that cup for the very first time and chose to love despite every good reason to do otherwise.
God can make a new thing out of just about anything, even something as ordinary as a cup. What new thing is God making out of you?
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Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (GA) in New York City has been chosen as one of eight internship congregations to participate this year in a church-wide initiative designed to increase our understanding of Holy Scripture and most importantly, to cultivate our engagement with it. In partnership with The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Vicar John Heidgerd will be working to develop innovative ways to deepen our faith formation and sense of discipleship for the sake of ourselves and our communities.