Holy Week

Garden Tomb by J. Kirk Richards

Garden Tomb  by J. Kirk Richards

Happy Easter week everyone!

Most of the Christian world refers to the week preceding Easter Sunday as Holy Week.  I concur.  Scan back through time 1983 years, and you will find Jesus in his final week upon this earth. It is a solemn time.  A holy time in which he is spending his last days teaching his disciples everything they must know to lead His church. Their task of spreading the gospel message to all the world is just beginning.  Christ’s earthly mission, however, is coming to an end. 

These are hallowed days. Jesus is marking each one with intention and purpose.  By week’s end, His sacrifice will be the most profound manifestation of God’s love for us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

There isn’t a more beautiful, hopeful message. Because God gave, we live. Because Jesus arose, we can rise too. Above struggle, away from sin, passed temptation, through difficulty, out of despair, and beyond pain.

This is Holy Week, and though some terrible things happened in Brussels a few days ago, we can collectively turn that event around and hallow it in a way – by rising up, uniting together, and spreading goodness.

Haven’t you already seen it?  I think one of the most miraculous things to emerge from tragedy is the resilience of humanity. In some strange way, the darkness seems to summon the light from people. And amid the collapse, they somehow step up with brilliance.

That’s a hope-builder right there. Light. Love. Hope. Those life-boosters are just some of the goodness that Jesus brought to a dark world.

Terrorism tried to silence Him,
but He arose.

…And so can we.

 

 

published in part in Lauren’s missionary blog: sisternef.wordpress.com

 

 

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