Saturday, March 24, 2018
Saturday Sermonette - Holy Week
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. 7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
8 The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”
12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”
16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” John 11:7-16, NKJV
Tomorrow--Palm Sunday--marks the beginning of Holy Week. It begins and ends with celebration, but a lot of drama goes on in between these two Sundays.
I think it's significant that Jesus knew this would be His last trip to Jerusalem--and that the disciples feared for His life and their own if they ventured near there--but they went anyway.
I hope you'll walk with me through this week, seeing in your mind's eye all that happened.
Experience the grief and grace.
Lord, open our eyes and ears and mind, please, that we might understand what this week meant to You. For Jesus's sake, amen.