What can you do in one week?
Many people take week long vacations. Maybe you can hike part of the Appalachian trail. Some people move from one place to another in a week. Or perhaps you read a book in a week. I stand in awe knowing how one week in the life of Jesus dramatically changed the landscape of our world. One week He rides in as a king and the next week He is crucified as a common criminal.
A week is seven days which is not very long in the scheme of things. The days help us stay organized from beginning to end. All in all a week repeats over and over to make a month which then strings together to become a year. What if one week marked a period of time in which your life changed drastically? Would you do things differently if you knew what was coming and what would be your first reaction?
This week marks an ending and a beginning. Palm Sunday leads the way with rejoicing, the waving of palm branches and the glorious ride of a King. One week later the King undergoes a “trial” as a criminal and a guilty verdict follows. The week ends with death on a cross. A crowd gathered for both, but the time from Sunday to Sunday made way for a new beginning. This week is a time for us to reflect and gain a better understanding what we can do in one week when we follow Jesus.
In one week, Jesus moved from:
Death to resurrection. N.T. Wright tells us:
The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.
Carrying our sins to dying on the cross to wipe them clean.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
Modeling how a life of desperation becomes one filled with hope.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
In one week Jesus promises us new life. He takes our fear and fills us with courage. Our past no longer has a hold on us and instead we look forward to a future with God. Any thoughts of unworthiness or feelings of not enough turn into more than enough. Jesus looks us in the eye and reminds us of our beauty and worth. When we believe only brokenness marks our lives, God sits with us in the heartache and gently makes us whole. We make mistakes along the way but God clears the slate with grace and provides us with His strength.
Jesus chose death on a cross to redeem our sins. As we stand in the shadows of the cross on Friday, we look to Sunday knowing that the light of hope will dawn brightly.
Easter blessings to all!
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