This changes everything!
This week is what I often call “Easter Week”. Some people call it “Holy Week” because it is the what Christians consider the most holy week of the year. It is the week when we celebrate to most tragic event (Jesus’ death on the cross) and the most joyous event (Jesus being resurrected) only 3 days apart.
Here’s a recounting of those events…
This past year we’ve seen the various reactions of those who knew Jesus in the flesh. His faithful followers, the religious leaders who criticized him, the Romans who didn’t know what to think of him. Then there were the lame who could walk, the blind who could see, the dead who were given life because of a miracle Jesus had worked in their life.
But the main reason that Jesus came was not to work miracles, or to be a really good teacher. He came to save us. He came that we would enjoy peace with God. We are to fear and obey God (as the Pharisees did) but we do it out of a desire to put our hope and faith in Him ALONE.
One of my favorite songs we sing at SAPC is “In Christ Alone” by Natalie Grant. Here are some of the words to the first verse:
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease.
Jesus came that we could cease striving for our own salvation. We can never do enough good things, or follow the rules perfectly enough to please God. Only Jesus did that. And as we commemorate his crucifixion and resurrection this week, we celebrate the hope, the light, and strength that we find in Him ALONE.
Here’s a beautiful version of this hymn. Enjoy!
Peace and love!