Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.
Do you believe this?' John 11:25-26
We are going to soon enter into the holy week. How are we going to enter? Are we going to enter as Jesus entered - a triumphant entry into Jerusalem? Or are we going to enter with expectation of trials – as Jesus was betrayed by his own disciple? Or are we going to enter with heart of humility – as Jesus washed his disciples’ feet? Or are we going to enter with heart of submission – as Jesus submitted himself in Father’s hands? Or are we going to enter with heart of hope – as Jesus resurrected we also will be?
What a package of significant events that happened in one week? This Holy Week invites us to resonate with Jesus’ suffering and glory. Why had to Jesus’ went through this? Can’t God save us in the way He created the entire universe by just uttering words from mouth? Doesn’t His supernatural power enough to save the entire humanity? Other faith friends’ question, why wasn’t God kind enough to His son Jesus? They would not perhaps see three days after crucifixion. They would not perhaps see Jesus’ work on this earth was completing by offering Himself on the cross. They would not see the sin entered through one human (1st Adam) was removed away though the human natured (partly) Jesus (2nd Adam). The consequence of sin is death and this death was conquered by Christ dying for us. His death gave us victory as when Jesus trampled it under His feet. This whole phenomenon was mainly executed for our sake, for us to be delivered from sin and united with God in heaven.
Let us spend more time meditating the passages that we read through this week. During the holy week starting from Palm Sunday, (i.e., 9th of April), the church will be opened, and anyone would like to pray, reflect, and meditate can visit anytime between 9: 00 am and 7:00 pm.
rev. dr amutha devaraj