From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matt 16:21
Tomorrow is the beginning of the Easter Holy Week weekend. Actually it begins tonight, with Maundy Thursday services all over our country. It will be followed by Good Friday Breakfast celebrations and than quiet times of preparation and contemplation on Saturday, before the glory of Easter morning.
Are you excited?
As you prepare to remember our Savior’s death and resurrection, I pray that you would be in prayer for others, interceding for the Church universal, your church, your family, and your self.
One of the last things Jesus did on this earth was spend the night in careful prayer and anticipation of what the Passover Feast and celebration would mean–for Him, for the Nation of Israel, for his disciples about to be left behind, for sinners, and for the Holy Father who would look away from his only begotten son for a time, in order that the Prince of Darkness might have his moment at center stage.
Oh, what a dark day that was, and what a dark hour.
We could be discouraged about all that the crucifixion meant for Jesus, for Mary and Jesus’s other mortal family members, for the disciples, and for The Lord, were it not for the joy of Easter. Easter and the hope of salvation makes the cross bearable.
Easter and the hope of salvation bring light to a dark page of earth’s history.
Easter and the hope of salvation brings meaning to suffering, then and now.
Easter and the hope of salvation changes everything.
Easter and the hope of salvation makes it all worth while!
Today, will you remember what Easter and the hope of salvation means for the church of Jesus Christ and rejoice? I hope you will.
We serve a risen Savior. He is in the world today. We know that He is living, whatever men may say. We see His hand of mercy. We hear His voice of cheer, and just the time we need Him, He’s always near. For He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today.
Hallelujah, What a Savior!