The beginning of Holy week begins on Palm Sunday. The day Christ rode the donkey into Jerusalem. Palm fronds were laid on the street as he rode into town. The townspeople gave Jesus a royal welcome for they were expecting him to throw out the Romans and set himself up as king. The Jews did not grasp that the kingdom of God was not of the world of flesh. The kingdom of God is for believers who celebrate the birth, death, burial and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ.
I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, "You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
During Holy Week is a celebration that goes from somber to joyous amazement. To walk with Christ through the streets as he is mocked, jeered and stoned, the pain of hanging from a cross dying slowly, the guards were mocking him, poking a peer into his side. A stranger wanting the body for burial, a tortured time of anguish, the shock and dismay of the empty tomb, for many it was torture.
The joy of grasping the Christ had risen, the celebration. For God had put all mankind’s sins on Christ. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice and example of doing God’s will, even to the point of death. For in Christ the sins of the world go to Sheol. There is another life awaiting the believer.
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed Rev. 16:15
Rev 19:1 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! x Salvation y and glory and power z belong to our God,
Rev 19:2 for true and just are his judgments
“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. s They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. t
Rev 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. u There will be no more death v or mourning or crying or pain, w for the old order of things has passed away.” x
Rev 21:5 He who was seated on the throne y said, “I am making everything new
It is in the death of Christ that the believer will have the new life and every tear will be wiped away. Paul in the his epistle to the Ephesians states;
Eph 2:4 But because of his great love for us, n God, who is rich in mercy,
Eph 2:5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions o —it is by grace you have been saved. p
Eph 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ q and seated us with him r in the heavenly realms s in Christ Jesus,
Eph 2:7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, t expressed in his kindness u to us in Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8 For it is by grace v you have been saved
Easter is a time to celebrate death and new life. The will of god brought salvation to all those who believe in the birth, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah, have a great Easter.