Holy Week that first century must have seemed like just another week under Roman occupation. Yet another insurrectionist had been tried and crucified at Roman hands; this one at the urging of the Jewish religious leaders. Everything, even in the midst of pain and loss, must have seemed normal. Even the body laying in the tomb must have seemed tragic, common, and normal.
This is an unusual Holy week. Everyone in our world, nation, and state knows that everything is not normal. Everything is different today. COVID-19 has literally ground the gears of our economy to a halt. It would be easy to live in pain, despair, and sorrow during Easter 2020.
But God!!! Today, we live on the other side of the tomb! We know that Jesus did not stay in the tomb, He rose from the dead. Around the world in just over 3 short days, people will say to one another, CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!
For Jesus followers, this is our time; we were made for this moment! We are moving together in hope! This Sunday, I urge you to celebrate His goodness and the fulfillment of His promise. Jesus died, was buried, and rose again for YOU. Sin is defeated, hope rises from despair and life comes from death. Have a glorious Easter 2020!
I pray that you fully enter into His rest and His promises this weekend. We are experiencing so much of God’s favor and I am clear that it is in part because of how you are serving together in Him. We live on the other side of the tomb…and He is giving us His power every day through His Spirit. Join me in embracing the future that is now here!