Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, "Prophesy!" The guards also took him over and beat him. (Mark 14:65 NRSV)
Victor Borge has a comedy routine that's a real classic. He sets his music on the ledge at the top of the piano, and then he begins to play it. And it sounds fine to us. But something doesn't seem right to him, and after a few measures, he stops playing, and he stares for a minute at the music. And then a light of recognition flashes! He reaches for the music, pulls it close to his face, and turns it right-side-up, and begins to play again! And all the notes sound the same, except that they're played exactly in reverse order!

That's something like the stories of Jesus' last week before the cross. Which way do you set the music? Which side is up? Is it a prelude or a finale? Is it the beginning of his royal reign, or is it the conclusion to his aborted story?

As Paul Harvey would say we know the rest of the story. Jesus overcame death to give us the hope and salvation that our relationship with God would never end.

Dear God, though I may stray away, keep pulling me close to you. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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