Next week Christian churches celebrate Holy Week. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday with a celebration of Christ’s triumphant welcome into Jerusalem and ends with Christ’s passion and death on the cross. It is followed by Jesus’ resurrection as He triumphs over death.
Holy Week is filled with solemn services in remembrance of the very real sufferings of our Lord, who, in obedience to His Father, endured horrible physical and mental torture. He did this to show God’s love for His children. He did this to open the doors of heaven and bring salvation to the human race.
We are an Easter people!
But we must understand that the true meaning of Easter—our salvation—comes only after Christ makes His final sacrifice.
During His passion, Christ was condemned by the same people who celebrated Him on Palm Sunday. He was deserted by even His closest disciples and denied by the leader of the Church He was establishing. While on the cross, He felt such utter abandonment that He cried out: “Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani?” (Matthew 27:46) That is, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
We urge all of you to get involved in as much prayer and public witness as you can during Holy Week. Let us all walk in the footsteps of Christ as He is celebrated and then condemned simply for being who He is. Let us remember to thank Him for all that He did for us. Then, let us resolve to allow the joy of Easter to fill our hearts and vow to do everything we can to end the slaughter of His children.