Holy Week

Ashes to Fire – Holy Week Reflections

Holy week is upon us…but have you noticed?

It may be Holy Week, but baskets need to be filled, eggs need to be stuffed, meals need to be prepped, tables and chairs need to be dragged out of the basement.

And I’m finding myself right smack-dab in the middle of it all. Seriously! I think it was Monday night, and I stopped by the store on the way home to pick up some groceries, and when I got to the eggs, I was surprised that there were only 3 dozen white, large, Grade A eggs left in the entire store, and I needed 2 dozen of them! I was shocked! Why didn’t they restock?! This is a travesty! And so I put them in my cart as fast as possible and went to the next aisle, so that I wasn’t “that guy.” It wasn’t until I was home that my wife reminded me that white, large, Grade A eggs are perfect for coloring and dying…

Holy Week is upon us…but have you noticed?

This week is so much more than coming to church an extra day (or two…or three), celebrating the fact that your time of fasting is soon over (bring on those unhealthy habits and foods once more!), or making sure your best clothes are clean and pressed.

No, it’s about much more.

In a couple days we’ll gather together and reflect upon Christ’s sacrifice. His blood shed for our freedom.

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed
Isaiah 53:5

And then two days later, we’ll gather to celebrate the empty tomb, the defeat of sin and death, the resurrected Christ.

Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen!
Luke 24:5-6

And I guess what I’m trying to say to both you and me, is that in the busyness of this season, let us not forget the significance of it. Let us not get lost in the tiny details over clothing options, in making sure our homes are spotless for our guests, or ensuring that all the traditional food groups are represented for Easter dinner.

And I guess my prayer is that as we gather with friends and family this week and weekend, we would not forget the importance of this week, of Christ’s death and resurrection. May we be reminded that Jesus didn’t just go to Calvary to save us for a future date, but he died and rose again that we might experience resurrection living now…today! NT Wright writes that: Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. May this be the description of our lives…colonizing earth with the life of heaven. May we not only know Jesus, but also be Jesus every moment of every day.

This Holy Week, may we notice, and may we remember.

May we remember that Christ died for each and every one of us.
May we remember that we have good news to share…hope to give…life to offer.
May we remember that more than eggs to find, hams to cook, or church services to attend, that we’ve been made new by the blood of Christ shed for us and his victory over sin and death.

Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen…

Have you noticed?

following His leading,
~ Pastor Joe