Holy Week: 2% of Your Time Will Make a 100% Difference

Holy Week: 2% of Your Time Will Make a 100% Difference

There is a special name for this next week, Sunday, March 25, to Sunday, April 1. The special name is “Holy Week.” Since there are 52 weeks in a year, this next week makes-up only 2% of the time God provides to us each year. How can a mere 2% of a year make a difference?

During Holy Week, we join Jesus of Nazareth as he comes to the end of his pilgrimage to Jerusalem. On Sunday, March 25, we will recall how Jesus was welcomed into the ancient city named for peace. At first sight, Jerusalem does look like a peaceful place as Jesus enters the city to what we might call today a “fan-base.” These fans literally fanned Jesus with palm branches as the shouted cheers of joy. Joy was the feeling since Jesus seemed to be the Savior.

If I had written the Bible, I would have stopped the Bible at this point. Like the Astros’ victory parade last fall, a parade is a great place to end the story. Please be clear, I did not write the Bible. Rather, the Lord himself inspired many throughout the centuries to write the holy text. In God’s wisdom, the story of salvation is continued on Thursday, March 29, as Jesus gifted his church a sacred meal called the Lord’s Supper, or the Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion. Miraculously, in this meal Jesus presented his disciples in, with, and under the bread and the wine, his body and blood for the forgiveness of their sins. For close to 2,000 years Christ Jesus has been present in this holy meal so that all those who partake of it may be assured that God forgives them and goes with them into the challenges of life.

The next day, Good Friday, we journey in our worship service all the way to the cross. All people die – many in terrible ways. What is the big deal about Jesus of Nazareth dying? The big deal is that Jesus is a people and at the same time he is God. Therefore, while Jesus’ death looked like a big loss, it really was a victory over the three biggest enemies of all people: sin, death, and the devil. Because the one, true God is a gracious God, Jesus’ death was accepted as satisfaction for our debt of sin –  your sin and my sin.

Easter Sunday, Jesus’ victory is no longer hidden under the pain and suffering of the cross. Instead, Jesus was physically raised from the dead – an act that demonstrated that he did in fact pay in full humanity’s debt of sin with his once and for all sacrifice. Jesus physically interacted with hundreds of eye-witnesses. He ate and drank with them. He physically embraced many. They touched Jesus wounds. All this interaction proved that the Gospel is not a sci-fi movie and Jesus is not a zombie. Instead Jesus is the Messiah, the world’s Savior and Lord. He was then, and he still is today.

With so much joy, love, and peace to be found in Jesus, why not take a little time (just 2%) to celebrate the 100% salvation the Lord offers you this Easter?

[Palm Sunday, 3/25. 10 AM worship; Maundy Thursday, 3/29, 7 PM; Good Friday, 3/30, 7 PM; Easter Sunday, 4/1, 10 AM worship with breakfast starting at 8 AM]

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