For Jesus and His disciples, it is the weekend just before Passover. Jesus has raised His good friend, Lazarus, from the grave and the whole area is all abuzz about the amazing thing many had seen. Imagine what it must have been like to see Jesus standing in front of the grave where Lazarus had been laid. With a loud voice, He shouts, “Lazarus, come forth!” The atmosphere is electric as everyone stares at the grave waiting to see what could possibly happen. To their utter amazement, Lazarus comes out of the grave alive and completely well to gasps and cheers from all the people!
A few days later Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey with the crowds still cheering laying their cloaks and palm branches on the road for Him. But by Friday the cheering will turn to jeering and the cry of “Crucify Him!” will be heard resounding through Jerusalem. Holy Week turns bleak and Messiah dies a horrific death on the cross!
Why in the world would we call that Good Friday? Without His death on the cross, not a single individual would ever have any hope. His obedience secured our salvation and that was Good for all who will call upon Him as Savior.
Join us for Palm Sunday at 10:30 and then on Easter Sunday as we celebrate our Savior’s resurrection!
Photo by Bud Ellison
The days leading up to Easter have been richly provided with music by composers over many centuries. Hear it unfold day by day this week on Facebook and Twitter, starting on Palm Sunday. I have to admit this list has been chosen by my loyal team (that's why there are two offerings of my own in it) but we hope you will enjoy our panorama of music for Holy Week, sung by my choir the Cambridge Singers. JR #palmsunday#holyweek#easter#choralmusic#cambridgesingers#calendar#holyweekmusic#musicrecommendation
Tomorrow at 10.30am we’ll celebrate #PalmSunday in a creative service for all ages, remembering the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey as people waved palm branches and shouted ‘hosanna!’ And word has it we might even have a real donkey in the building! Join us as we begin #HolyWeek at St Mary’s, a church for the whole community where all are welcome, always. #StMarysWalthamstow#Walthamstow
As we celebrate Palm Sunday and begin our journey through Holy Week, we are called to ask ourselves who and where we are in the crowd. This is a week to pray and then decide what kind of followers of Christ we are and are going to be.
During this busy week of prayer, liturgies and ceremonies, let us not lose sight of what we are remembering, celebrating and talking part in.
As we begin this most holy of weeks, may Jesus be our constant companion. May we enter in the mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection with faith, hope and love.