A long, long time ago…. The day the music died. – Don McLean, American Pie
Many people consider McLean’s American Pie the greatest Folk-Rock song of all time. For Christ’s followers Maundy Thursday, for a short time, was the day the music died. Each had their own expectations for Jesus, but despite his warnings, none believed it would all end in Jerusalem with his arrest, torture, and the cross. It was over 2000 years ago today for them, the day the music died.
We can say with hindsight the followers lacked faith or they hadn’t been listening, but that is now – not then. They had come to believe in what they thought was a “man” to end their problems and suffering, and so when the music died, can you really blame them for losing faith, denying they knew him, or hiding from those who had killed him?
…the children screamed. The lovers cried and the poets dreamed. But not a word was spoken. The church bells all were broken.
Maundy Thursday teaches us when all seems lost, when the music dies, we must not look to the ground but to heaven. God will always bring the music back.