Pastor’s Pen: A somber week

This is a somber week. Perhaps to most it isn’t. To most of us it is a normal week of going to work, going home, making meals, watching kid’s school events and carrying on with life as usual.

I’m thinking that for most people about 2,000 years ago, it was the same thing. Even for those who lived in the same region Jesus traveled, this week was the same as any other week.

Yes, it was a special celebratory week of Passover, but, to them, it was the same as any other Passover week they had celebrated many times before. They did the same things without much concern for the Messiah being in their midst.

Even to Jesus’ own disciples, this week wasn’t exceptionally different. They planned to celebrate the Passover with their teacher. They prepared for the feast, they followed Him and on the night Jesus would be arrested, they had neither worries nor great fears. They slept soundly in the garden. It was a week like just like any other week.

But to Jesus – the Christ, the Son of God, the One who would die for the sins of all who would believe on Him – to Him this was a somber week. This was a week filled with a knowledge of the rejection, the pain, the torment, the taking on of guilt that was not His own. It was a week where He knew what would happen and knew

He must follow through with it for the glory of the Father and Himself and for the salvation of the souls of people all over the world and from all time. It would be the most difficult journey – from the garden to the grave. Much would happen in that time; much that many people would care nothing about.

“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

Though He knew He would be “despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering”, He still went to the cross and was “pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3-5)

This man – God in flesh – came down and “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God”. (2 Corinthians 5:21) If you believe on the only Name that can save – the Name of Jesus (Acts 4:12) – then your sins – past, present and future – are all paid for by Jesus Christ on the cross. And though the punishment was great, the salvation brought is overwhelming bringing us to worship the One who gave us life and hope and made us right before the Creator God. To God be the glory!

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-3)