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Holy Week: a Time to Remember – Reflect & Celebrate

March 26, 2018 0 Comments

The next day [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29

 Holy Week begins each year on Palm Sunday where we celebrate Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem and concludes the following Sunday, Easter Sunday, where we celebrate Jesus resurrection from the dead. During the week we also remember Jesus last supper (Maundy Thursday) and Jesus death by crucifixion (Good Friday)

There are many who would argue that the early church took a pagan holiday and tried to make it Christian by creating Easter. Granted there is nothing in the Bible that commands us to celebrate Easter or any of Holy Week but I also do not believe there is anything in the Bible that forbids it.

It is good to remember

Those who get hung up on the origins of Easter miss out on the beautiful opportunity to reflect on the depth of what Christ has done for us. Yes, that is something we should reflect on all the time but rarely do we. We become consumed by life and the many distractions that come at us each day. Holy Week becomes a time to re-focus.

Let me challenge you to take some extra time this week to reflect on the works of Christ. Perhaps you have already been doing so if you celebrated Lent this year. (Lent ends this this coming Thursday) Either way, take some time to dig a little deeper.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do. – Ephesians 2:4-10

By grace Jesus faced, on our behalf, not only the most incredible physical pain but the most incredible spiritual pain as the wrath God was poured out. If we have believed in Jesus Christ and repented (turned) from our sins, then we have been forgiven and returned to a right relationship with God our Father.

Not only did Jesus die for us but he also defeated death by his resurrection and by his resurrection assuring our eternal life with him.

This week take time to remember, reflect and celebrate all that Jesus has done for you.

For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

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I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 30 years. We currently live in McDonough Georgia with our daughter. Our two boys have left the nest and we have two wonderful grand kids. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Bear.