Reflections on Holy Week

Hallelujah! He is risen!

Yesterday we celebrated Easter Sunday and concluded an eventful Holy Week. It all started with Palm Sunday. That joyous celebration was short-lived as the mood of the week changed already by Maundy Thursday. Then, we journeyed with the cross on Good Friday. Whew, it was an eventful week!

I often wonder just how many emotions must have been going through Jesus’ mind during that original holy week. Joy, celebration, disappointment, discouragement, anxiety, worry, betrayal, denial, and many more feelings and emotions must have been part of Jesus’ experience that week.

Now that Holy Week for 2016 is over, I think it is good for us to reflect on the week. How are we changed by these events? Have we moved closer to our risen Lord? Do we better understand the full meaning of his resurrection and life-giving promise?

As we reflect on holy week, let us be a reflection of our risen Savior in all that we say and all that we do this Easter Season!

 

Journey to the Cross

Palm Sunday is a triumphant and uplifting experience for many of us. We wave palm branches and see the donkey as we begin worship. (Yes, for those of you who don’t know or haven’t seen it, we have a miniature donkey in worship on Palm Sunday as part of our celebration.) The children process behind the donkey, waving their palm branches and sporting wide smiles as they see a donkey in church. Of course, our purpose in doing this is to recollect some of the fascinating details regarding Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday.

Things changed quickly that week for Jesus, the religious leaders, and the crowd. Jesus was condemned to die on the cross.

As we journey to the cross, I hope we will really take some time to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us. This was truly an act of love!

The journey to the cross is not an easy one. Nevertheless, it is an important one. This coming Sunday we will examine some of the interesting details of Jesus’ crucifixion. Some recent archeological findings shed some light on some of these details. I am hopeful that we will not only learn some new things about the crucifixion, but we will be able to look at Jesus’ sacrifice in a personal way that will change our lives. These last 24 hours of Jesus’ life have a way of doing this. After all, these 24 hours did change the world!