It's Holy Week! The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is the pinnacle of the Christian faith and honestly this time in quarantine during our high Holy days is hitting me different this year.⠀
I'm sad that I won’t be able to go to a Good Friday concert, or fellowship (in-person) with my church family on Resurrection Sunday, but I am determined to give this week its due.⠀
Tune in to my Instagram stories every day at 12:30pm for a quick lesson about why Holy Week is so important to Christians today and how we can apply this knowledge to our everyday faith.⠀
After all, I'm still here to Connect the Christ You Love to the Life You Live. ⠀
I already started the series yesterday, so I wanted to give you an outline of what to expect on my Instagram page:
We are beginning our Holy Week mini series with Palm Sunday, emphasis on the following verse:
"And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”
Matthew 21:9 KJV
A more complete view of what happened during the first Sunday can be found in Matthew 21:1-11.
Today's mini-lesson focuses on these three points.
Why should we remember this?
1. It reminds us of the truth and authenticity of scripture evidenced in Zec. 9:9; Matthew 21:4-5:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
The prophet Zechariah prophesied this moment hundreds of years prior. Jesus repeatedly taught that He didn't come to replace or "do away" with the law, but that the law through Him would be fulfilled. The people were looking for a warrior King who would deliver them from Roman rule, but Jesus came to prepare their hearts for an eternity with Him and His Father in Heaven. All the moments prior to his execution were leading up to his ultimate burial and resurrection for the redemption of all of our souls.
2. It reminds us of the humanity of Christ. This day the crowd shouts “Hosanna!” A few days later they shout “Crucify Him!”
Jesus came in part to live the human experience so that we would have an example of how to live. Jesus carried the understanding of his betrayal his whole life, and then experienced betrayal at the hands of one of the people closest to Him. If you have ever experienced feelings of dread, or impending doom, Jesus did too! If you've ever felt betrayed, hurt, or brokenhearted, Jesus did too. God chose to send Himself down in the form of His son Jesus to experience humanity so that we He could relate to us.
Can you imagine?
The Creator of Heaven and Earth, the divine omnipresent, omniscient, omnificent God chose to experience humanity, so that He could relate to us! So that when we come to Him with our worst, we can take comfort in the knowledge that he actually knows exactly how we feel.
3. It shows us the fickle nature of mankind. At this point in Christ’s ministry, at the very least they acknowledged Christ as prophet, how easily are they later swayed against Him!
God never changes His mind about us, even though we are constantly changing our minds about Him. He loves us, even when we hate Him. He loves us when we are striving to a deeper relationship with Him, He loves when we deny His existence. He loves us when we love Him back, He loves us when we try to replace Him with other gods. He loves us. Always and forever and He allowed His son to die, so that we wouldn't have to. No matter how we treat Him, He did that for us. How can we not love a God like that?
Tune in today at 12:30 on my Instagram page @enigmatheauthor to continue this series with me.
Don't forget to Be Great and to Stay Humble.
Here are yesterday's Instagram Slides: