If you read the Gospels carefully, you notice that they slow down when they get to Holy Week. They go to great lengths to tell us the details of Jesus’ final week. It is ironic because this is part of the story we often rush through- or we worship on Palm Sunday and then again on Easter, missing the part in between.
I encourage you to slow down with the story this week. Read through the Passion narratives, gather for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship, spend time in reflection and prayer about this week of Jesus’ life that is the center of the Christian faith.
When we pause to consider it all, we realize the great love God has for us. As Isaac Watts wrote in “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,”
See from his head, his hands, his feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did ever such love and sorrow meet?
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
In the Love of Christ,