It’s Holy Week. The most important, best week of the Christian calendar. I love this week. The world of greeting cards and mushy feel-good holiday half-truths has not hijacked Easter quite like it’s hijacked Christmas, and while celebrating God becoming man is amazing and right and good, remembering his death and resurrection is the true heart of the Christian faith. You cannot fake Easter. Easter is about the Gospel. It just is.
In so many ways, my work as an NP takes place in a setting that makes me keenly aware of the world’s need for a Savior, of my need for a Savior. Holy. Wow. My patients witness and experience on a daily basis the very most difficult things this world has to offer. And I am being humbled all the time, shown how little I myself live the way I want to live, the way I’m called to live. Oh how we all need a Savior. The story of the world is that the world desperately needs saving. And the news is so good. SO GOOD. Because the news is that everyone everywhere–all people–are offered a chance to be made right with and before God, by what He did through His son for us.
I love this week so much, because what is means to be a Christian is stripped down to the very core of our faith. The story of Easter is bare bones, people. It’s the only thing we have to hold on to. The very message of Easter is that Jesus’ work for us on the cross is literally what makes us Christians. This is the true story of our faith, that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” as Paul says in Romans (3:23). This is not a way. This is the way. There is no other way.
We’re studying the book of Matthew in BSF, and these weeks leading up to and through Holy Week we’ve been reading the various gospel accounts of the events leading up to Jesus trial and crucifixion. Have you read these? Have you read these lately? Read them. Holy wow. I’ve been a Christian for 20+ years and I’ve been amazed at how striking some of these passages are. I hope you are encouraged by the message of Easter, and that it produces in you (and myself) sober joy, gratitude, humility, the kind of repentance which brings freedom, and a renewed sense of what it means to follow Jesus. Blessings on you this Holy Week! Cheers, friends.