A Maundy Thursday Communion Meditation (2014)
I will often end a worship service by asking you to join me in “looking to the cross.” This was the tradition of one of my predecessors in ministry at the First Christian Church of Amarillo, Dr. Newt Robinson. I learned about it while doing some research for a Doctoral project on the patterns of worship among congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). By looking at old worship bulletins and talking to some longtime members of that church, I learned that Dr. Robinson routinely invited people at the end of worship to look to the cross before heading back into the world to witness and serve. He understood that the cross was Christianity’s most identifiable symbol and so he pointed to it at the end of worship so that people would carry its meaning with them back into the world. The Swiss theologian Emil Brunner explained, “He who understands the cross aright… understands the Bible, he understands Jesus Christ.” So, when you look to the cross, what do you see? What does it mean?