As I typed the title for this post, I was overcome by how small I am to be taking on such a big topic as the week before the resurrection of our Lord. In our sermon series, “The Gospel of John: Come and See Life in His Name”, we have been looking at this week for the entire school year. What can I do to summarize all of my thoughts about this week into 500 words on a blog?
What I can do is to point everyone to a couple of days that our family has used for years to remember different parts of the last week of Jesus’s life.
Palm Sunday: This is the day where we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Many people see Him and declare that they want Him to be their King. Reading between the lines I think that it is clear that the people wanted Jesus to be like a King of old who would solve all of their problems with political and military action. But Jesus came to be a different kind of King.
Maundy Thursday: This is the day where we remember THE Last Supper Jesus had with His disciples. We remember this meal weekly as we take part in communion. But Maundy Thursday gives more emphasis to the command that Jesus gave us to love one another as He loved us (not however we chose to understand love). John 13:34 Jesus came to be a King who loves the Hell out of people.
Good Friday: This is the day when we remember the death of Jesus on the Roman torture device we know as the cross. This was the moment when God fully demonstrated His love for us. While we were in a place where we were not making the choice to follow God, Jesus died to pay for our sins. King Jesus loved the Hell out of us by dying for us.
Easter Sunday: On this day we remember that Jesus’s tomb was empty and that Jesus is alive! There were many roaming teachers in Jesus’s day, as their are in ours, but none of them predicted their own death and then subsequent resurrection AND THEN HAD IT ACTUALLY HAPPEN! Jesus is the Risen King who brings Life to all who put their faith in Him and His completed work for us.
I know that I can’t talk about every aspect of Holy Week in one post… but I can ask, “How are you remembering the last week of Jesus’s life this week?”
So, how are you?