Welcome to Holy Week, my friends! This is the week of Christ’s passion and the fulfilment of his calling to reconcile us to God through his death, burial, and resurrection. While we as Christians call it Holy Week, the Jewish community knows it better as Passover. Historically, this is the week where Israel remembers their deliverance from Egypt. This week included the Passover sacrifice and meal. Jesus became the sacrifice, and used the meal to institute what we call Communion today.
God’s plan for our redemption was put in place at the moment when Adam sinned. Listen in to learn the how and the why of what Jesus did, and the history behind it. Just as the old hymn says, “Jesus paid it all.” His blood was spilled to cover our sin, so that we may have eternal life with him.
My heart aches when I think about what Jesus endured for us…for me. The Gospels tell us that he was whipped, beaten, mocked, and reviled by the religious leaders. These men hated Jesus. They tried to trick him and trap him several times, but failed. Now was their chance to take out that hatred on him – and they did. Isaiah tells us that they punched him in the face, plucked out the hair of his beard, and spit on him. His visage was marred to the point where he was barely recognizable. All of this for me…
Then, having been savagely beaten, they forced Jesus to carry the cross to the hill (Golgotha) where they would nail him to that cross. There came a moment on the cross where Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?!” This is the moment of his passion that hits me the hardest. In that moment, Jesus bore the weight of the world’s sin. He who knew no sin became sin for us. God the Father had to look away and Jesus was alone.
Think about that for a minute. Jesus, part of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Spirit. In all of eternity, these three are together. Even as a man, Jesus always had his connection to the Father, but in that moment he was truly alone. He was alone for that moment so that we never have to be. Remember Jesus’ promise. He will never leave us or forsake us. He made that promise, because he knows how it feels.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friends!
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