This is Holy Week, one of my favorite times of year. (And not just because Easter means all the FRESH TULIPS are in my house right now… though that helps for sure! *wink*)
Holy Week began yesterday. It was Passover; a day we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It’s probably the most monumental week in history. And it ends on a low – Saturday.
But before Saturday arrives, this week we have plenty of opportunity to make the significance of Holy Week monumental in our everyday. And plenty of opportunity to celebrate the impending holiday. Will you join me?
Because this… THIS is the week to get it done.
This is the week we can choose to glorify God.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:8-9)
This is the week we accept or deny Him.
“Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.’ And he broke down and wept.” (Mark 14:72)
This is the week we eat the bread and drink the wine.
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,’ he said to them.” (Mark 14:22-24)
This is the week we either sleep or keep watch.
“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Simon,’ he said to Peter, ‘are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” (Mark 14:37-38)
This is the week we decide to wait on Him.
“On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.'” (Acts 1:4)
This is the week we choose watch on the sidelines or get involved.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
This is the week we choose to believe.
“Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'” (John 20:29)
After Saturday, Sunday kicks off a new week – a new beginning. And I can’t wait to celebrate!
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”