What can happen in a week?
A week is not a long time. Yet dramatic changes sometimes occur in just one week.
In less than a week, commencing with “D-day,” the Allied forces altered the landscape of the French coastline and positioned themselves to reclaim Europe. In a week, the Berlin wall was obliterated from an oppressive, impenetrable wall of stone and steel into a pile of broken-down rubble. In 2001, the skyline of New York’s lower Manhattan was visibly altered in a few hours. The Twin Towers were attacked and destroyed along with with several other large structures adjacent to them. Major changes often occur in a short time.
Two centuries ago, history-altering events occurred in one week of Jesus’ life. At the beginning of that week, Jesus entered Jerusalem to the public acclaim of a rejoicing crowd. Soon their praise vanished. Five days later, Jesus was hanging on a Roman cross in an undeserved, torturous death. How could this be?
During that one week, Jesus revealed multiple profound, pointed truths of his message and mission. During that one week, He modeled a genuine and extreme selflessness to each person that He encountered, even those who branded him an enemy. And during that one week, He freely surrendered his life in the greatest sacrifice of all time.
In the 2015 Lenten series, we will be taking a close look at the events of that one week of Jesus’ life.
Weekend Lent worship services begin February 21-22 with the regular weekend worship hours: Saturday at 5:30 pm, Sunday at 8:30 am and 11:00 am. Good Friday Communion is Friday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm. Easter is April 5th.