The Week to Remember
By Susan Sage
It replays in my mind. Sometimes I know it’s coming … I can sense it. Other times, it blindsides me. That memory. The scene of the last time I saw someone I loved before they died. A moment I said something I wish I hadn’t. The time I had to say good-bye to a friend.
Those flashes of the past are both difficult and treasured. Life changed in those seconds. I can’t get them back to amend anything … to tell them not to get into that car or to take back the words before they escaped my mouth.
The more time passes, the less each recollection weighs on my heart. But, I remember. Each one imbedded in the texture of who I am now.
But, there’s one week. The weight of it never diminishes. The impact never fades.
Some call it “passion week.” I’ve also heard it called “Holy Week.” It’s the week beginning with Palm Sunday, when Christ came into Jerusalem riding a donkey while people threw down branches and coats before Him. They wanted to establish their new king. They’d grown tired of harsh rule over them. They wanted Jesus to make things better for them.
But in that week, they watched as things went from bad to worse. They thought Jesus would overthrow the governmental system. They thought
He would make everything better for them.
He would and He did. Just not as they’d hoped.
He made spiritual leaders angry.
He turned over the tables of the moneychangers.
And then He got Himself arrested.
Suddenly, the hopes of the people who cheered Jesus into Jerusalem crashed. The soldiers hung Him on a cross outside of town. It all happened so fast. And He was dead.
And their dreams of a better life died with Him. Can you imagine? They’d waited for Him. Hanging on with anticipation of a better life.
They didn’t understand all that had to happen so they could have a better life than they imagined. We see what happened because we read the whole account in the Gospels. We know the significance of the things of that very special week. We recognize He died but not to establish an earthly kingdom.
Through His death, He paid the price for my sin. For your sin. So that we could experience forgiveness of sin and have a relationship with God forever. Because of Christ’s resurrection, you and I can have life in His power and have Him live within us and walk with us on a daily basis. Because He returned to heaven, He sits beside God and stands up for us each day. And because He did all of this, He sent His Spirit to dwell within those of us who confess Him as Lord. His Spirit empowers us to have the life He intended in His power and love.
That week cannot be forgotten. It must not be. That week changed everything and gave us the opportunity to have Him walk with us through each day. We simply have to accept the forgiveness He provided and live life with Him.
I pray during this week, that these truths imbed in the texture of your life forever and you never forget. I encourage you to go to the Bible and read the whole story for yourself. You can find it in Matthew 21-28. Let this week make a difference in your life forever.
About the Author
New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.
She is currently working on revising her website, which should be up in the next few months.
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You can read Susan's "Sunday Inspiration" column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.