Holy Week moved closer to its climax, when Jesus cried with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Scriptural text: Matthew 27:46). John in chapter 19:30, put it this way. When Jesus, therefore, had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished.” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” Adding more closure to the seven days that changed the world.
Good thing it happened then because the modern church is only up to capitulation and not change. As typified, by the annual Easter egg roll on the Monday after Resurrection Sunday.
The government should be afraid of angering Christians because of such mockery. Especially as one considers the drama of the past week and what it’s suppose to mean for us today. Consider carefully the following and determine your role today and beyond. There may not be many tomorrows because the age of the church will end, so that the next age can begin. It’ll be a terrifying seven years.
It started eight days ago, when two disciples did as Jesus instructed. They brought to Him an ass, and a colt, the foul of an ass. (Scriptural texts: Matthew 21:2;5-7).
Then the multitudes, who went before, and those who followed, cried saying, “HOSANNA-meaning liberator-the Son of David! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord! HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!” (Scriptural text: Matthew 21:9).
And when He came to Jerusalem, all the city was moved saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” (Scriptural text: Matthew 21:11).
And the week ended victoriously, and behold there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. (Scriptural text: Matthew 28:2). And for, fear of him the keepers (guards sent by Pilate) did shake, and became as dead men. (Scriptural text: Matthew 28:4).
And the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you seek Jesus, who was crucified. HE IS NOT HEAR; FOR HE IS RISEN, AS HE SAID, COME SEE THE PLACE WHERE THE LORD LAY.” (Scriptural texts: Matthew 28 5-6).
Ending the old agreement of life under the Mosaic law with all of it’s Jewish customs and rituals. Which served as a preparatory avenue for the ushering in of a new agreement between humanity and God.
A contract between we Christians and God which reads, “Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead through the body of Christ, so that you are married to another. To Him, who was raised from the dead, and we should bear fruit to God. Because, we have been delivered from the law. Having died to what had condemned us. Now we should serve in the newness of the Spirit without being slaves to the oldness of the law.” See Romans 7:4;6.
Which has not been accepted by most Jewish people within Israel and through out the world. For that matter, this new agreement has been rejected by many within the so called Christian community. And vigorously rejected by most of the secular world. Except for the pompous ceremony and sparkling glamour of Easter.
And for their rejection of Hosanna, the liberator of secular troubles. Instead spiritual blindness is their inherited burden. Absent for them, is a Comforter, a helpful companion during troublesome times.
They like the guards sent by Pilate to guard His grave, they became as dead people just like much of Christendom today. And, that is the sad story of Holy Week.
Hosanna in the highest, would have us honor His resurrection by serving as liberators for those burdened with secular needs and spiritual darkness.
Easter, ever wonder where such an expression originated? Certainly not from Jesus. From previous discussions about those seven days, Jesus left clear instructions as to how He wanted to be remembered. He did not mention anything about a thing called Easter!
As best, as can be determine, Easter is a derivation of Eostra, the goddess of both dawn and spring. Supposedly, it dates back to the honoring of the vernal equinox of spring. Employing the Easter rabbit as a symbol of fertility, with the colored eggs symbolizing the growth of new life.
Well, one thing we know, Easter is what Holy Week is mostly about for most of Christendom. Who benefits, the most from the celebration of Easter? The very segments of society Jesus fought with. The merchants, government and apostate religions! The sales associated with Easter jingles ample profits into their collective bank accounts. Making the Easter season one the most profitable of the year. Especially, for area restaurants.
Governments love the Easter season too. Because the Easter season is seen by them as a means of keeping the population in check. Meaning none of this nonsense Jesus encouraged. Like a government responsibility to use its influence to encourage its citizens to understand that secular and spiritual solutions are found through their Father in heaven. And, that governments needs to absorb wise godly counsel from the church.
Whether Christ followers like it or not, governments do not, do anything out of fear of the church. Angering Christians over such mockery of what the season really means never enters the minds of most modern day politicians. Instead the government sees its role as enriching the few and impoverishing the many. Contrary to the secondary meaning of what what the season is about. Which is, one of liberation from the lack daily substances for survival.
Of course, the primary purpose being, “Unless you repent you shall likewise perish.” See Luke 13:1-3. And today, who is right there opposing the Christ way? By supporting government shenanigans, none other than many, not all, Christian churches. Celebrating by ignorance or on purpose paganism.
In the United States, one might argue that the government celebrates the arrest of Christianity with its annual, White House Easter roll. Which dates back to 1878, and takes place on Easter Monday.
If we the church, today practiced the teachings of Christ. There would be no such annual shenanigans. But today, if such bravery were attempted the government would have us arrested as extremist and labeling us a dangerous militia.
Which may be a good thing because there is a need to put the fear of God among those, who think that they know better than Jesus, what is good for the nation. And if you have read previous discussions, that represents blasphemy. A sin God condemns, but has been twisted to mean something that’s misleading.
This is some of what it takes to make the church effective in a modern twenty first century society. The Resurrection is about choice. It is recorded in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call haven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both you and your decedents may live.”
From Joshua 24:15, “And if it seems evil to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. But as for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD.” Should the decision be made not to agree with Moses and Joshua to choose life and serve the Lord. Jesus makes the consequences quite clear. And they, who do not take up the cross and follow after Me are not worthy of Me.” (Scriptural text: Matthew 10:38).
Being unworthy of Jesus is something to be avoided. Because, it has only negative consequences. Empires like the United States slowly disappear while on there way to nothingness. While, the people bear much suffering in the process.
There are tell tale signs along the way such as governmental confusion as to how to govern. Lawlessness increases exponentially and moral decadence becomes the new normal.
Like, President Biden’s, Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg referring to his male partner as his husband. When such is the case, as in the United States, this then is her destiny. Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Scriptural text: Psalms 127:1).
There is a certain amount of self denial required when following Jesus. He said, those who will follow me, must deny themselves, and take up My cause as symbolized by the My cross. (Scriptural text: Mark 8:34). “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Scriptural text: Mark 8:35).
Such statements have to do with arguing for the daily provisions of basic substance necessary for human survival. And, check mating merchants, unfair labor practices. Along with apostate Christendom, and their fascist republican politicians. Combined who are sure to stand in the way of Resurrection Sunday’s climatic call for liberation.
It’s in that context that the preaching of the gospel is never absent. The power of the gospel is the world changer. It’s a weapon of war as metaphorically illustrated by the Psalmist concerning another declared evil. Psalms 127:3-5, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD. The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. They shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”
There are other worthy battles to be fought. Against those, who oppose universal health care. ObamaCare was a start, but we need to take the next step Medicare for all. Livable wages indexed to inflation, restructuring the tax system, universal affordable housing, free education beyond high school, reigning in global warming, embryonic stem cell research, limiting war to just wars like the war against Nazism, and today, the war against Islam a parallel evil. Just to cite a few examples.
And never to be forgotten, the words of Jesus. As to who are the greater sinners. Using the Galileans, the unfortunate people who experienced death accidentally and is used metaphorically “I tell you, no; but unless you repent, you will likewise perish.” (Texts: Luke 13:1-5).
To do otherwise would be to succumb to our Caesar’s. They cried out! “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said unto them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, we have no king but Caesar!” (Scriptural text: John 19:15). And that is the echoing call, of modern day America. Lead sadly enough, by most of Christendom.
A nation that has chosen death over life. With God keeping a careful record. And if anyone has noticed, we, and our decedents seem to be headed towards a very dismal tomorrow. (Scriptural text: Deuteronomy 30:15). Because, so few are able to hear the centuries old echo from Joshua. “As for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD.”
And by all means, keep your quiver full of arrows. And know that however, you use those dimensional mysteriousness of those arrows they pierce not causing death but life. For it is recorded. The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Scriptural text: Hebrews 4:12). From your quiver of arrows, pray that those shot, will experience confessed sins and acceptance of Christ, as redeemer and life reformer. Declaring that they, and their household shall serve the LORD.
Glorious, and victorious resurrection to all, as we journey to Holy Week 2022. May His cause be lived through us. As it’s recorded for us, “They who say that they abide in Him, ought themselves walk as He walked.” (Scriptural text: 1 John 2:6). The true meaning of Holy Week with its climatic discovery of service to the risen Christ.
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