At this time of the year the church is always working towards the events of Holy Week and Easter Day. It is a time that cannot be underestimated on the Christian calendar as it is bursting to tell a story of intrigue and jubilation combined. Intrigue as those scheming to remove Jesus permanently and they thought at one point they had achieved their aims only to find their plans had been thwarted by the resurrection……which culminates in jubilation!
It is like the trailer of a movie where you see bits and pieces to attract you enough to go and watch the whole film. And there have been numerous depictions of this story over the years. Beginning with Christmas the life of Jesus develops through his short lived mission. He becomes a well-known figure due to his miracles. The crowds follow him everywhere. They watch, they listen whilst in the background plans to take his life are afoot. And Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen.
It was taking its toll on him as each day passes yet his focus remains on prayer, the one way to receive the strength and courage to continue with what he had to do. And what he had to do is the most important bit of the story. Jesus did what he did for people then and people now. Man’s inhumanity to man was imminent where his arrest, his trial and his crucifixion would send out a message to followers that they too would die the same way.
The battle in the Garden of Gethsemane was the point of our salvation being secured……or not: His time of prayer yet again giving him enough mental strength to continue to the Cross. Our salvation had been secured yet the pain had still to come.
Today, many wear that symbol around their neck which is one of jubilation. Man’s inhumanity to man continues as the world still suffers in different ways…….but there is hope and the symbol of the Cross remains for us our need of daily prayer, that connection with God who sustains us through the ups and downs of life. He is risen!!
Easter blessings to one and all,