Next week is spring break for the boys, but it is also Holy Week. The week leading up to the crucifixion and then resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus spent His last days on earth teaching, loving, healing, and preparing those around Him for what was to come. He knew who would betray Him and who would deny Him and He loved them anyway. He knew the pain and agony that He would have to endure, but took it all willingly in order to spend eternity with each of one us who chooses Him.
"Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, and kill him. On the third day he will rise again."
Even in the midst of that pain and agony, He continued His ministry.
"Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals - one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots."
Luke 23: 32-34
"One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: 'Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!' But the other criminal rebuked him. 'Don't you fear God,' he said, 'since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong. Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.' Jesus answered him, 'I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.' "
May God continue to minister to each of us, especially during this next week as we remember just how much He truly loves us.
I will be taking a break from blogland over this next week and look forward to celebrating with you on the other side, when we can shout "He is risen!"
"He is not here, he has risen, just as he said."
Living thru faith,