Holy Week / Hell Week

 

Things not as “holy” this week as you’d hoped? I hear you. Maybe the devil loves to ruin THIS week more than ANY. People on one side loving and helping. People on the other side jeering and scoffing.

Remind you of anyone?

YES! Our Lord Himself, on His last and most important journey into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey. Coming in humility and peace, not royalty and war. No rich, famous “celebrity,” our Lord.

Some answered His loving kindness with jeers, scourging. Others washed his feet with love and reverence.

So when we look up and see both in our own lives–the horrid AND the holy–what do WE do?!

We do what those people did over two thousand years ago, that “Palm Sunday”. They threw palm fronds into the street ahead of Him as He rode. And they threw their own cloaks. Softening the path? Honoring the journey? Foreseeing the destination?

Giving Him what they had.

Like we do. We throw it ALL down before Him there in the rutted road of Life. Give Him what WE have. Sacrifice our own self-centered desires for His higher, holier one.

Then, tonight, this holy Thursday and every other day? Whether we find ourselves in the middle of joy or the middle of pain?

Wash other travelers feet when we can. Join our holy family in the eternal uphill struggle by laying it ALL down. We give Him what we have. Then do what our Father God asks us to do. Like Jesus.

Then the hell of our lives becomes the holy of our lives.

We “participate in the fellowship of His sufferings.” (Philippians 3:10; I Peter 4:13) It is HIS now. To do with what He will.

And on this holiest of weeks, we see that what we suffer does not make Life worse. It makes Life holy.

So sacrifice what you have in spite of the jeers. Do what God asks you to do. Like Him. Give what you have, whether small or large.  Bow before His altar.

Lay. It. Down.


I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Philippians 3:10

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. I Peter 4:12-13

 

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