Lenten Reflections Week 6
Our Final Week
Palm Sunday marks the joyous entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. And consistent with every other occasion of Jesus time on earth, our expectations are turned upside down. It was not a warrior’s stallion that carried Jesus through the gates and over the cloaks and palms strewn across his path, but rather, a lowly, smelly, donkey. This divine reversal was just one of many. And representative of how, even today, Jesus often confounds our expectations.
We have the advantage to look back on history. We know what awaits Jesus and that the throngs of people who were cheering, soon changed their tune and began jeering. “Crucify Him. Crucify Him.”
As the week unfolds as it did for Jesus, it’s our opportunity to lament. Lament is a passionate expression of grief or sorrow. To lament is to grieve for Jesus’ courageous and obedient acceptance of the will of His Father. Today we commemorate Jesus’ knowledge that things would get much worse before they get better. May we “sit with” that somber and uncomfortable truth.
During this final week of this lenten series… consider this. YOU would have been among those throngs of people shouting for the Messiah’s death. And yet, Jesus pressed on. Jesus completed the will of the Father. He did it for the people shouting for His savage death. He did it for you. And He did it for me.
We have a lot to learn from this Holy Week. May your faithful devotion throughout this lenten series stoke Your fire and fuel your relationship with Jesus forevermore.
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Have a meaningful Holy Week! Debbie Hucke