It’s Holy Week, the week where we remember Jesus’ time in Jerusalem, and the events that led to his Crucifixion and ultimate Resurrection. It’s also the end of our series on God’s promises. Since Christmas we have discovered that God promises us that we are not alone; everyone is welcome; we are reunited with God; God works for good; we do not need to be anxious; God gives us strength; God gives us what we need; God gives us strength in weakness; we are forgiven; and finally this week, the ultimate promise of Eternal Life.
When we think about eternal life we often think about having a life when we die. That is definitely part of the promise, then when our physical bodies die, we will continue to live with God in heaven.
But the promise for this week suggests something more. In the Gospel of John Jesus says:
“You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all.”
We do not have to wait until the end, because Jesus is here, right now. A verse often referred to is John 3:16 which says
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
The word used here for eternal life actually means age-long. Our life with God doesn’t start when our physical bodies come to an end. Our life with God starts when we recognise what He did when Jesus died on that cross and rose again. That Jesus went through that for us.
On Thursday when we remember the last supper that Jesus had with his disciples; when Judas betrayed him; and when he was arrested
On Friday when we remember Jesus hung on a cross and dying
On Sunday when we remember Jesus defeating death and rising to new life
Let us also remember, that it is because of these events that we can know that we are not alone; everyone is welcome; we are reunited with God; God works for good; we do not need to be anxious; God gives us strength; God gives us what we need; God gives us strength in weakness; we are forgiven; we have eternal life.
Jesus told us that He died that we might have life, and have life in abundance. This Easter let us remember what happened, so that we might live life abundantly; but most importantly let us live life abundantly.
Prayer: Father God we thank you for the many promises that you give us, and we thank you that you came to earth as a person and died on the cross so that those promises may be fulfilled. May we know that we have life in you, and reflect that life every day. Amen
Challenge: This Holy Week, read through the story of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. Remind yourself of the cornerstone of our Christian Faith. AND OF COURSE… have a fantastic Easter