Normally, Holy Week is a flurry of activity for most of our churches: passion plays, Good Friday services, maybe a Passover Seder meal. College gatherings are focused on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Normally this is a week replete with opportunities to share the Gospel. But nothing about this week is normal. In fact nothing about the last four weeks has been normal. |
There is comfort in remembering that Holy Week for the disciples was not normal. A week that would have normally been a week of family gatherings, feasting, spiritual ritual and renewal would be the strangest and most difficult week of their lives. They would see their leader arrested and tried. They would fear for their own lives, and most would have to come to grips with the fact that they abandoned Jesus when he needed them most. Then they would grieve the loss of the one they had followed and trusted to be the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
But in the midst of their dismay and disillusionment Luke tells us:
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. -Luke 24:1-8 NIV
Let’s remember the words of Jesus this week. Nothing about this week has been normal since He rose from the dead. It’s still the greatest news anyone has ever heard. Even if we have to share it on a cell phone, through social media, or a conference call, let’s share it. The mission is not cancelled. The Gospel is still good news, and there’s a world full of people that need to hear.
Happy Resurrection Week, friends.
We are praying for you and your church.
As you adjust to these ministry challenges and seek to continue to disciple students know that we are praying for you. If we can help you in any way please contact me, Ginger Bowman, at ginger.bowman[at]texasbaptists.org. Find more articles in News, Views & Reviews at TXCollegeChurch.org.