Why do I call this day the "Day of Horrors"? It is hard to imagine anything that could be worse than to be a man knowing that shortly he would be arrested and tried for a non-crime and then to be convicted and given a capital punishment sentence. But what truly makes it the most horrific punishment of all is the way in which his sentence was carried out. Flogged mercilessly first, he was then tasked with carrying his own Cross, two heavy wooden beams, on his own shoulders through the streets while the crowd hurled insults and mocked him and he was being prodded by the soldiers escorting him.
Finally, he climbs the hill to Golgotha, is staked by his hands and feet to the Cross which is planted firmly in the ground while the life slowly creeps out of him. For approximately nine hours he slowly and agonizingly died while he had all the fears, pains and doubts of any mortal man. He even questioned his Father as to why he was being forsaken, but he labored on until finally dying.
This night we celebrate the birth of the Last Supper, our Holy Communion sacrament, as our living tribute to the Christ who died for us. We don't understand all of what he was going through, but we do know that it was all for us. And we even get a picture of just how corrupting Satan can be under any circumstances as we watch one of his principal followers, Judas, betray him while Jesus knows it will happen. Because of all of these things culminating in the Cross, we have been given the ultimate gift available possible from a loving God: the gift of everlasting life.
I hope each of you will have the opportunity to take communion this day. If not, pray and read the story of the Last Supper in your Bible, for no gift could ever match this one and we must always remember it and use it as a way to keep us on the straight and true path to be with our Lord and Savior.
Remember Him, love Him and believe. That is our charge this day. That is the meaning of the Cross.
Have a wonderful day with Christ in your heart.