This time of year is one of mixed emotions.
In twelve days we will celebrate Palm/Passion Sunday, when Jesus makes his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. He was hailed with shouts of “Hosanna! Hail to the Son of David!” We anxiously await the palms that we are given in worship, we make crosses out of them and put them in places in our homes where we can view them all year.
During Holy Week we prepare ourselves for Maundy Thursday – the Last Supper remembrance, and then Friday – Good Friday – when Jesus is led to Gethsemane and crucified. Many of us will sit in a worship service on Good Friday, perhaps sitting in a darkened sanctuary when a door is loudly slammed shut recalling the sealing of the tomb. We are contrite. We are sad. Why? It’s not just that Jesus died. It is because Jesus died for us. It was our sin that put him on that cross.
We enter a darkened sanctuary on Easter morning, perhaps, clad in new, spring clothes – this signifies the new life that we have in Jesus. The lights come on, the gorgeous spring flowers can be seen, the white paraments show brightly and we hear the words: “Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!”
Holy Week is the most emotional week in the life of a Christian. We go from happiness to extreme sadness to complete joy. Each year we ride the emotional roller coaster of Holy Week knowing that our Savior, Jesus Christ, gave his life for us.