The Holy Week focuses on the last week of Jesus’ life leading up to His crucifixion. It begins with Palm Sunday where we celebrate His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. How quickly the people’s cheers of praise turned into shouts of “Crucify Him!” Jesus loved the people even knowing they would betray Him. Jesus spent His last week teaching and loving His disciples. He spent time praying for them and for us. He shared an intimate last meal with His closest friends on this earth. They loved Him so much. Yet they, too, would all too quickly turn and run away from Him, when things turned difficult and scary. Jesus modeled servanthood by washing the dirty feet of His brothers. A King humbled, setting an example for us to follow.
Unfair trials took place. Jesus was tortured and abused, both physically and verbally. Our beautiful Savior was mocked and spit upon. He was stripped and put on display. He endured lashing after lashing as He was whipped. He could have stopped it all. Why didn’t He? Because Jesus knew that my sinfulness separated me from a Holy God. Nothing but a perfect sacrifice could take that sinfulness away. Perfect Jesus laid down His life for me, to make a way for me to be forgiven and become friends with the Creator of the Universe. I am humbled. I am thankful. I am eternally His. I owe Him my entire life. If this were the end of the story, it would be so sad. But oh no my friends. The man that owns me and gets all my devotion and love is more powerful than death. You say, “What?” Yes. The God I love and serve is more powerful than death. On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead forever conquering the grave and our enemy Satan. When I accepted His gift of forgiveness and salvation, I invited King Jesus to come into my life and make me whole. I wanted to be forgiven and become a child of God. And He did just that! I am forever changed. I received His Holy Spirit and am sealed, a Jesus girl, headed to heaven one day. Jesus did this for you too. Won’t you accept His gift too this Easter?
He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.”Matthew 28:6
Let us rejoice this day that we love and serve a risen Savior, not some dead man buried in a tomb across the ocean. My Savior lives. I know He lives because He lives within me! Hallelujah! Happy Resurrection Sunday. Please join us for one of our three Easter services. Register at www.crclife.org.
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