Monday, April 15, 2019 – Holy Week
There are some events in life that are significantly weightier than others. A birth, an execution, a wedding, and a funeral come to my mind. These are events that profoundly impact our hearts, minds and souls.
Peter recounts the circumstances of Holy Week this way in Acts:
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. Acts 2:22-24
What Peter describes is a premeditated murder, an execution. An innocent man put to death by lawless men. He describes a funeral, God laying to rest the sins of the world and putting death to death, once for all. And a new birth, because the death that could not hold Jesus was overcome by His resurrection power – power that calls us to new life in Christ. And the story goes on to point to a wedding invitation. Because of what God has done in Jesus Christ, we, as the church, are called the bride of Christ and are invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb.
An execution, funeral, birth and wedding are not everyday or even every week occurrences. But all this came to fruition in the events of one week. That weight this Holy Week 2000 years ago is sobering. And the beauty of it – dare I call it beautiful – is that this happened according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, for our good and His glory.
Consider today the sobering weightiness of the Holy Week in His-story and how it has impacted your story. Take time to talk with God and meditate on the profundity it – and maybe let yourself give thanks and praise to God as you consider what He has done for you.