WHAT IS HOLY WEEK ABOUT?
“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28 ESV)
Holy week is the historic name of the week from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday. I am blessed by holidays because they allow us time to contemplate some of the “ineffable, galactic vastness of God’s Word." (To quote John Piper) God’s revelation is filled with vast gorgeous mountains of truth designed to overwhelm us and dissolve our hearts into full worship. When the Holy Spirit opens the truth to us we are humbled and moved to worship. The old song asks “Why isn’t everyone singing Allelu?” Why are we so unmoved?
Think about the cram-packed wonder of the verses above. We are called to serve following the example of Jesus Christ. Here Jesus once again refers to himself as the “Son of Man.” Right there you must ponder the phenomenal proportions of this idea. Here is the only God, the Creator and Sustainer of all, emphasizing his willing humiliation to become a man for us. How can the ideas of “fully God and fully man” ever fit into a coherent sentence? Yet this is precisely who Jesus Christ is. He is our brother. He is our God. He came to serve. He came to give his life as a ransom for many.
Between Christmas and Easter we are given the opportunity to think about the great Savior and the great salvation he brings. Jesus is the one mediator between God and man. Through faith in him we can be delivered forever from the rightful consequences of our sinfulness. He became a man to die for our sins. The angel told Joseph: “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 ESV)
We are called daily to worship and serve the one who served his Father so well. Allow the holidays to be holy unto the Lord. Worship Him!