A Meditation on Holy Week
I am in the crowd. Pilot is condemning You to death, Jesus. He asks the crowd “do you want to release this man although he has done no wrong?” The crowd yells “Crucify Him.” I also scream along with the crowd. Again, “Crucify Him.” Pilot washes his hands. I realize now what I have done.
You are stripped, Jesus, tied to a pillar and scourged. I am there with You. I am sobbing uncontrollably, begging You to save Yourself, telling you that I am not worth the pain. Jesus, You look at me, Your brown eyes sparkling with tears. You simply tell me “I love You.”
You are walking, and stumbling with your cross. I am walking next to you. I find myself whipping you with the guards. I realize what I am doing but do it anyway.
Finally, you get to the final place where You will finish Your suffering. I am right there with You. You look at me with so much love in Your eyes. I know how much You love me. I know how much You have suffered, Yet I grab the hammer and drive a nail through Your hands. I realize once again what I have done. I scream and sob. You are hanging on Your cross. I am at the foot of the cross begging, crying, screaming “Jesus forgive me.” He replies simply “I Love you. You are forgiven.”
Our sin hurts Jesus more than we can fathom, He suffered and died with the weight of our sins on his shoulders. Hard to imagine, I know. He suffered this out of his inexhaustible love for us. He died so that we can live.
Holy week is filled with opportunities for Jesus to pour out His abundant mercy. He wants us to receive it and He will give us as much as we are open to receive. He will never stop loving us. He will never stop forgiving us.
I challenge you to really meditate on Jesus’ passion. Knowing of His great love and mercy, seek out confession. Let the holiest week of the year propel us forward, and prepare us for every week of the year. Let it remind us that Jesus will always forgive us, we just have to humbly ask Him for it.