Sunday, April 13, 2014

Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani!

Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the Christian Holy Week. This week is also Passover.
On Palm Sunday, Jesus of Nazareth, the man Christians believe to be the Jewish messiah, arrived in Jerusalem as a hero.
He would celebrate the Passover meal with his followers, then he would die on a cross.
From hero to executed, all in one week.

Haven't we all felt that way at times?

While on the cross, near death, he would cry out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
This man whom many believe to be both God and man, would have at least a brief wavering of his faith.

Haven't we all felt that way at times?

So many lessons from this week.
Perhaps one is that we all feel like giving up at times, that life is just too hard, that we can go from hero to persecuted so quickly.

Haven't we all felt that way at time?

On Easter, Jesus would rise from the dead.  He would again spend time with his followers, and when it was time for him to leave this world, he would not promise them or us an easy life, but he did promise that he would be with us always.

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