Holy Week is upon us. For Christians throughout the centuries, Holy Week, the week spanning Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem through His Last Supper, betrayal, trial and crucifixion, and ending with Christ’s resurrection the following Sunday, is the most sacred time of the Christian calendar. Time almost slows down as some Christian traditions call for worship gatherings every day of the week in order to provide followers an opportunity to worship and remember Jesus during the final week of His life.
While Baptist churches have not traditionally observed Holy Week services, many are now recognizing the value of these additional services, especially on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. These services allow congregations to experience the sacrifice and the suffering that our Lord took upon Himself for the forgiveness of our sin and the restoring of our relationship with our heavenly Father. Without these extra worship gatherings, Christians often go from one jubilant service on Palm Sunday straight to another celebratory service on Easter Sunday, while skipping right over Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion in between.
In our culture today, we want life to be easy, convenient, happy and without sacrifice. But that is not the narrow way of Christian discipleship. That’s why I hope that you will allow yourselves to be inconvenienced this week by attending as many of the Holy Week services as possible, either here at UBC, or at some other church. May Holy Week be a reminder to us that our salvation, while a free and gracious gift from God, was obtained for us with great sacrifice at a very high cost.
Therefore, I invite you to follow Jesus into Holy Week. You experienced the joy of the Palms last Sunday. Now experience the sorrow of the Passion. Reflect in the silence at the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday. Grieve over Jesus’ sacrifice and death on Good Friday. Then you will be prepared to celebrate the amazing miracle of Easter Sunday. On that day, we’ll celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the baptisms of Will Wagoner, Fanli Yang, and Yang Zhao. See you on the way!
~ Journeying on, Michael