This is Holy Week, the week that we reflect on and commemorate the events that led up to the resurrection of Easter. In many big churches, they gloss over or ignore Holy Week, but I think that is a mistake. Holy Week is important because Holy Week is the countdown, the context and the emotion that makes Easter worth celebrating.
This year we are offering a Good Friday service at 6:30 pm (we hope you will join us) as we remember the death of Jesus on the cross. Some people struggle to understand why we call this day "good" because of all the pain, all the suffering of our Savior. You may not think it a "good" day, and I get it, but you can't deny it was an important day. Without the death of Jesus on Friday, we can't very well celebrate his resurrection on Sunday can we?
I think Holy Week matters. That countdown, the drumbeat toward his death matters, because we know that Jesus knew what would happen to Him and yet He did not run, He did not hide...He marched on toward Jerusalem and toward His death. Holy Week allows us to march with Him, to relive those events with each day as we get closer and closer to the cross.
I encourage you to read along this week, grab your Bible and read (start in Luke 22) the events that led Jesus to the cross. You'll feel that countdown, that drumbeat, as each moment and each word and each event takes Jesus toward his death. It's good to remember and will make the empty tomb even more powerful to you.
I look forward to celebrating with you on Easter; but first we must understand how we got there.