Holy Week is such odd time! Just as spring is springing, it’s a heavy week that won’t allow us to get Spring Fever just yet. Holy Week longs to make us uncomfortable to replicate in a very small way, the discomfort of Jesus and the inconvenience of salvation (inconvenient for God to have to give so much to offer right relationship with us). We worship at odd times and we read odd passages of scripture and we sing sad music and we do weird things like cross-carrying and silent communion and hand washing. Holy Week is meant to break the normal rhythm of our spiritual life so that we can find a new rhythm that is closer to Jesus’. Quite often, a new rhythm is exactly what we need.
How will you mark this time? You could choose not to mark it all. You could choose to pretend that this week is just like any other. But what a missed opportunity that would be. It would be like pretending that Jesus didn’t come to make all things new. It would be like pretending that Jesus doesn’t have an investment in our life that cost him his. Amy Butler says of Good Friday, “On this darkest of days, we hold close this miracle of God with us. As darkness falls and all is lost, as our souls crumble and our hearts break, we are handed the memory of a Savior who leaned over into the void of the darkness and refused to give in to despair.”
I read a cartoon this week that I thought did a better job of explaining Good Friday than most theologians I read.
Matthew 11:28-30The Message (MSG)
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Sounds like an invitation too good to pass up!