This is my article that was published yesterday in the Natoma-Luray Independent of The Russell County News, and today in The Plainville Times.
Sometimes you just have a week where all you want to do is pull the covers over your head and wait until it is all over. Perhaps you had a rough couple of days at school where it seems even your friends are against you. Or maybe it was a week where you never seemed to get anything done, but there was always another job to do. Or maybe it was a week where three different doctors told you to do four different things and 2 of them contradicted each other.
You still get up and go, sometimes it is because if you do not, your parents, or spouse, or boss will just make things worse when you do not show up. Other times it is a sense of obligation as people are relying on you. And sometimes, you just do not know why you get up.
On Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of ‘Hosanna’; and on Friday, He leaves to shouts of ‘Crucify Him’. How is that for a turn of events?
And yet, despite knowing what lies ahead; despite knowing the suffering and death that awaited Him; Jesus does not turn around and leave; nor does He call down angels to crush those who oppose Him; nor does He even send someone else to go in His place.
Jesus still makes His way to the cross because He knows that there is no other option. Not for Him, but for you. The only option that ends with you being redeemed from the consequences of your sins and restored in the eyes of God is Jesus going to the cross, to suffer and die, so that three days later He might rise. And so Jesus makes His way into Jerusalem on Sunday, and then leaves on Friday, so that you might live.
As you go through that difficult week, or perhaps as you have a much easier week; you do so knowing that at the end; not at the end of the day, or at the end of the week, but at the end of this earthly life, is the promise of eternal life. That is the promise for you, for you have been redeemed from your difficult days, by the one who refused to turn away from His own difficult days: Jesus.