This week is Holy Week. It is the week that Jesus was on His way to a horrific death on a cross, accused, whipped, died on the cross, buried, and rose from the dead. I have been trying to simply meditate on what that must have felt like. How did He feel? What was on His mind knowing His fate? How did He feel when He arose from the dead? I could only imagine the array of feelings He must have felt. I am sure none of us will ever come close to knowing the magnitude of the weight on His shoulders. We have all experienced hardship but nothing comparable to His. Yet, Hebrews 12:2 says,” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Although what was ahead for Him was bleak, He was still hopeful. His eyes were on His destiny and the outcome of His obedience. His heart of fixed on US, all the souls He’d save.
Would I be willing to endure punishment for something I didn’t do? Would you? Would you be willing to die for sinners whom you came to save that spat on and mocked you? We find it difficult to bear the persecution part of it, let alone the punishment. Yet, He did it just for us. What great love? What great courage? What great strength? What great devotion to the Father?
As we approach Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, let us reflect on the sacrifice that was made so that we may have a right to the tree of life. Do our lives show that we truly understand the life, death, burial, and resurrection of our Saviour? Are we living lives that honor Him and are reflective of gratitude?
Let Us Pray:
Father, we thank you for loving us the way that only you can. We thank you that your love for us was greater than our sin. Help us to reflect on the meaning of this week and to remember its implication for our lives. We ask that you forgive us for the times that we have taken it for granted and lived in any way that hasn’t reflective of your glory. Let us remember the cross not just on holidays but every day. Help us to be living epistles of men so that others may come to know you and receive your gift of salvation. Help us to know your son, Jesus, in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering. So, one day being conformed unto His death, we too shall be raised again to live in eternity with you.
In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.