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Why I’m listening to Christmas music on Maundy Thursday

April 5, 2012

This morning I found myself listening to Phil Wickham’s Christmas record.  No, I’m not one of those people who start a Christmas countdown on December 26th.  And I was in a pretty somber mood.  So why in the world was I listening to a two-step version of “The First Noel”?


I think it’s one of the songs that would be played at Jesus’ funeral.


Funerals are a celebration of life, a recognition of the hope brought about by the person who was lost, and the internal chaos created by its sudden loss.

According to Church tradition, today is Maundy Thursday, the day Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, the Last Supper, and the evening of our Lord’s betrayal, 1,979 years ago.


Today is the day hope began to wane.

Today is the day the disciples began to realize their master would die, not yet understanding what was to come.

Tomorrow they would be planning his funeral.


And so today is a day to mourn.


Imagine the grief.





Remember, on Friday, there was no hope.  Sunday wasn’t coming.  There is no celebration.  Their entire world had collapsed.  Their faith, shattered.  Their friend, murdered.

And so we mourn.

For now…

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