“IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!”
At first glance you may think I’ve confused the seasons! You may associate this phrase with a Christmas song performed by Bing Crosby. Or perhaps you remember the television commercial by an office supply store promoting their “back to school” sales! Both understandable connections.
But, Holy Week? The “most wonderful time of the year?” ABSOLUTELY! During this week we are surrounded by God’s love, as the message of Christ’s passion unfolds. He did it all: FOR US! He gave His body and blood: FOR US! He died: FOR US! He rose: FOR US! Forgiveness of sins is ours because of Jesus, the Lamb of God. Resurrection is also ours because of Jesus, our Risen Lord!
Jesus told the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matt. 9:2.) We hear that same message each time pastor says, “Upon this your confession, I, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God to all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The weight of sin is gone. The promise of the resurrection gives hope. Connected with Jesus in our baptism, we are His and He is ours. Significant reasons to “be of good cheer!” …… indeed, a “most wonderful time of the year!”
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20
Joy in Jesus,
Kantor Irene Beethe