DayBreaks for 4/21/14 – When You Think it is All Over, It’s Just Begun
Holy Week has now come and gone. The palm fronds are gone, the Easter lilies are starting to droop, the colored eggs and crowds at church as all put away for another year. And it would appear that for many, life goes back to normal, doesn’t it? There are those who feel they have fulfilled their annual “duty” to their spouse because they attended Easter services and it will now be another year before they once more have to darken the doorway of a church.
In just a matter of days Holy Week has taken us from festive palms to the mountain of Golgatha’s despair, to the stone-cold tomb and the glorious Son-rise. Maybe that’s why so many fight it so hard! I mean, do we really need the emotional rollercoaster of Holy Week? What’s so wrong with just jumping from one parade to the next and skipping all the sacrifice and death stuff? What’s wrong with simply moving on to the joy of Easter, with its white bonnets, Easter eggs, family, friends, big ham dinner, and of course the empty tomb.
Well, I think that deep inside we all know the answer to that, don’t we? For starters, an empty tomb, at face value, is a lot easier to deal with than a dying, bleeding Savior on a cross. Add to that all the pain and suffering that comes with Holy Week, is it any wonder that the human tendency is to try and ignore the events of the week and simply move on to the Easter celebration? But as much as we’d like to skip Holy Week we know that the only way to Easter is through the cross. We know where the parade of Palm Sunday leads and we also know that we’re part of that parade. That is to say, we know this intellectually. Our hearts are another story. Our hearts may be more in sync with the disciples and the fear and disbelief that led them to run away. It would seem that 2000 years later Jesus’ disciples are still running away.
Because of Holy Week, how will you live differently this year? Isn’t it time to stop running away and to take a stand?
PRAYER: Lord, there seems a sort of emotional let-down now that the pinnacle of the Christian faith has passed for another year. Let us not forget the scenes of Holy Week, the emotions that beat hard within our chests, the awareness that if it were not for your work of this past week, we would be utterly and totally lost and without any hope…not hope AT ALL. Let us remember how your followers ran, and let us never run again to leave you standing alone! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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