In 2010, I wrote a series of blogs for Holy Week and I decided to revisit those blogs this year. I pray that God will bless you this week in such a way that you will “want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (Phil.3:10 NIV) and “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:17-19 NIV)
Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:
The days of Holy Week are called Great and Holy by the Church and these three days, although not traditionally observed in the church like Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, have a very definite purpose. They remind us of the true meaning of Easter.
By the time we reach Holy Week, some of us have participated in or observed many Easter-related activities. We’ve observed Lent, hopefully with more than just a passing acknowledgement. We have sang in or listened to our church choir’s Easter cantata; we have bought new outfits for our children and perhaps for ourselves. Maybe our children have hunted Easter eggs. There is nothing wrong with any of these activities as long as we don’t lose sight of the meaning of Holy Week. We must not forget these days led up to the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ. And yes, ultimately to his resurrection and ascension into heaven where He sits now at the right hand of His Father.
Thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people saw “The Passion of Christ” produced by Mel Gibson, a number of years ago. My daughter and I went to see it together. I’m sure there was never a movie before or since where we cried as much as we cried in that movie. But even that movie could not completely and accurately show the suffering that our Lord went through on our behalf. And He did it because He LOVES us. Each and every one of us. The Bible says “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:13-14) WE are His friends; not only that, we are His sons and daughters if we have accepted Him into our lives as Lord and Savior. His love is unconditional and everlasting. What more could He do, beyond giving His life for you, to prove to you how much He loves you?
Listen to this fantastic song that will tell you how much God loves you!