What is Holy Week anyway? The first time I experienced a Good Friday service, my mind was blown. My faith and understanding of Jesus’ journey to the cross ushered in a brand new way of experiencing my faith and Easter. Easter became incredibly powerful once I allowed myself to sit at the foot of the cross.
The truth is that it is hard to sit at the foot of the cross. It is uncomfortable and even painful. The darkness of the steps to the cross puts me in a solemn mood, questioning and doubting. These Holy Week services also allow me to get real about the pain, sin, and need for redemption in my own life.
What we do on Holy Week is counter-cultural. We set aside time to worship, reflect, and tell the story, the heart-wrenching, pain-staking story of Jesus the King who humbled himself. This is not a week to which our world or most people gravitate. We typically want to avoid pain, get it over with, and only lift up the positives in ourselves. The story of Jesus is a real, down to earth, human story. It doesn’t sugarcoat life or what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. The apostle Paul tells this story in a beautiful, ancient hymn in Philippians 2:5-8: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.”
This week is holy when we allow the Holy Spirit to move and transform us through the story of Jesus and our worship of God. I pray you will read the story in the Bible, come to worship with us on Thursday and Friday, and experience anew the gift of the resurrection come Sunday morning!
Grace and peace,