We call it Holy Week, the days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. The time was set apart for a special purpose, eternally designed by God. It is His plan of redemption.
As Maisie and I took our final walk last night in the twilight, the moon began to rise over our neighbor’s house. It was strikingly beautiful and full. It’s the Passover moon, signaling the beginning of the festival tonight at sunset.
Jewish families will celebrate separately this year.
One of my piano student turns eighteen this week, and she will celebrate separately too. We are affected by self distancing, making adjustments for weddings, funerals, birthdays, and holidays. We do what we can to show we care, that we remember, that life is precious even when we are isolated.
I reassure myself that God knows the beginning from the end. He knew this day in history would come. He is not surprised nor caught off guard. He supplies my needs during the pandemic the same as He always supplies my needs.
The moon reminds me of the events recorded in the Gospels during holy week.
- Passover draws large crowds from surrounding cities to Jerusalem. The people will witness an unprecedented festival of freedom.
- Jesus plainly tells His disciples that His hour has come, that He is about to be killed. They still don’t understand.
- In acknowledgment and preparation for his burial, a woman anoints Jesus’ feet with precious ointment. She is criticized for her extravagance, but she is also remembered.
- The Pharisees plot Jesus’ arrest, though they do not want to make a scene during the festival.
- Judas becomes the avenue to betray his Master and suggests he will, for a price.
- Final words are spoken as Jesus shares the last Passover meal with his friends. He shows the depth of His love by washing their dirty feet.
- Jesus’ message that He will be lifted up becomes clear as His body is nailed and raised up on a cross.
The stage was set eons ago. The will of the Lord is written in heavenly stone and He will accomplish it.
Our times are in God’s hand. He is ever the great timekeeper. If we belong to Him, we need not fear. He has a heavenly plan and He will accomplish it.
In the fullness of time, Jesus came to be the Passover sacrifice
It was a holy week.