So there stands the Word divine, the Word made priest. He stands to minister in the holy place, not with blood upon His ear, thumb, and toe, but upon every inch of His body. From the thorns in His scalp, from the nails in His hands, from the spikes in His feet, from the spear in His side, out flows the blood of sacrifice, a crimson vestment for the royal priest.
There are two Thursdays every year which out-Sunday just about every Sunday in the church year. The first is Maundy Thursday, when our Lord prepared a supper in which he is both host and meal. The second is this Thursday, which will be forty days from Easter. It is the Thursday when Jesus ascended into heaven.
Many things happened on the day Yahweh stood atop a mountain named Sinai. A thick cloud dressed this desert crag in the color of goth. Thunder bellowed from deep within the blackened mist. Jagged arrows of lightning hissed through the sky.