Holy Week Prologue – Saturday

Holy Week Prologue - Saturday

This week in our culture it is the season of the arrival of Spring, melting snow, March Madness, Spring Break, hockey playoffs, and I’m seeing copious amounts of pastel colored candy in every store.  What makes this season unique for you?

If you will indulge me, I’d like to draw your attention back to ‘current events’ some 2000 years ago or so.  I hope this message will help inspire you to do 3 things:

1) Begin preparing yourself in earnest for celebrating the finished work of the cross and what it has meant for you personally.  “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor 5:17 (NLT) If it’s been awhile since you did anything different for Easter and/or your celebration has gone a bit stale – maybe this is the year to try something new.

2) Begin preparing your family for celebrating Easter.  “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on your doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (NLT)

3) Begin preparing to reach out to others with the Good News of Easter.  Who needs an invitation to meet the Lord Jesus and hear of his saving grace?  With whom are you uniquely positioned to be Christ’s messenger – a neighbor, coworker, family member, friend – maybe even a stranger?  “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? …How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15 (NLT)

I think this is so important I’m including my family on this message as well.

So allow yourself to imagine being back in the time of Jesus.  At this point He is on his way to Jerusalem in Judea to celebrate the Passover.  He has blessed the children and saddened the rich young man. He followed this up by saying “With God all things are possible” and telling the parable of laborers in the vineyard – “many who are first will be last, and the last first.” In recent days He has raised Lazarus, predicted His death, healed 2 blind men, and visited with Zacchaeus.

On this Saturday before Palm Sunday Jesus is believed to have been anointed by Mary of Bethany. (*Source: Bible.org)

Jesus knows he is entering the final week of His earthly life and is doing His best to prepare His disciples who are completely unaware – they are getting ready to celebrate the feast of Passover and party.  A time of both ultimate sadness and ultimate joy is mere days ahead.  In the time it takes us to vacation, read a book, take a semester’s worth of final exams, or paint a house – Jesus will establish His kingdom and fulfill God’s promise of a Messiah who will save His people.

Blessings to you and your loved ones this week!  Whatever else you may do in the busy week ahead, remember that Spring is a time of new birth – celebrate the life you have in Christ and do something new!

Tomorrow: Palm Sunday and the Triumphal Entry

References:
https://bible.org/article/chronology-synopsis-passion-week
Matthew 19 & 20
Mark 10
Luke 18
John 10 & 11

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