My Fellow-believers in our Lord Jesus Christ,
Let’s go to Jerusalem, the city of shalom – peace, with the shouting and singing crowds hailing the triumphal entry of the Messiah, the King, Jesus who wept for the city, and its people, and for us! Yes, God is willing – willing to send His only Son to the cross for us, for the unwilling sinners who are unwilling to give up our control, our secrets, our hurt feelings, – you and me and everyone!
Next, let’s meet in the Upper Room on Maundy Thursday, as Jesus takes the matzah and wine of the Passover meal and institutes the new meal of His Body and Blood for our forgiveness and eternal life and salvation, and as He teaches His disciples, all of us, each of us, to serve – by serving – washing the disciples’ feet.
Then, on Good Friday, God’s will is done! Jesus makes the ultimate, ultimate sacrifice for all mankind, by suffering and giving His life – for each of us. “What Wondrous Love is This?” (LSB 543) is more than the title of a hymn – it is the question whose answer changes our lives. “Yes, Jesus Loves Me,” the words of another hymn (LSB 588) tells us that the wondrous love that died for us, finishing our salvation, carrying out God’s holy will is Jesus, love incarnate!
Were our journey with Jesus to end then and there, we would have no hope and God’s will for us would not be complete. But – “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” is our Easter cry as we travel, by faith to the Open Tomb, and beyond – into our resurrection life into the world to live as God’s Easter people until the final resurrection, to the glories of heaven, the final place of the Passion! We’re not there yet, but the victory is sure! Let’s sing and shout and share our alleluias, for Christ is risen, indeed!
A rich Holy Week and joy-FULL Easter
to you and yours in Christ,
March 28 ~ 8:15, 11 a.m. ~ Palm Sunday
Maundy Thursday ~ 12:10, 6:30 p.m. ~ April 1
April 2 ~ 12:10, 6:30 p.m. ~ Good Friday
Easter Sunday ~ 6:30, 8:15, 9:30, 11 a.m. ~ April 4