Today marks the start of “Holy Week,” commemorated as the last week of Jesus’ life and ministry, culminating with His arrest, trial, crucifixion and climaxing with His Resurrection on Easter morning. It was a week that started with tremendous fanfare and celebration as the crowd gathered and shouted their praise to the one that they hoped would be their savior and deliverer from Roman rule. As the week progressed many begin to realize that Jesus was not there to overthrow the Roman government; His assignment was to establish a “new kingdom” a spiritual kingdom.
By the end of the week the same crowds that had welcomed Him into Jerusalem would be calling for His crucifixion on the cross and there He would give His life, a sacrifice for all people, even those that called for His death. The final days of Jesus life and ministry and all the events leading up to His crucifixion are found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Would you take a little extra time in the coming week and reread the accounts of the gospel writers, at least two of them, Matthew and John, were a part of the story and eyewitnesses to all that took place that week. As you read ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and heart to what He would speak to you.
As we gather for our celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection Easter Sunday morning will you come with a heart expecting the same power that raised Jesus from dead to work in your heart and life?