March 28, 2018
“That Was the Week That Was”…and Still Is!
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children, Psalm 103:17
In the early 1960’s a British weekly telecast, followed later by an American version, satirized the news events of the past week from around the world. Through comedy sketches and songs, they made light of serious news stories. It was called, “That Was The Week That Was”, more simply written as TWTWTW.
I wonder what the writers of that show would have done with the days we call “Holy Week”. How would they have looked at the eight days during which Christ entered Jerusalem with praises and palms, fulfilled the Passover in the Lord’s Supper, bore on the cross the guilt of the world’s sins, and then triumphantly rose from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin, death and the devil?
Actually, it isn’t too difficult to imagine, for they were a reflection of the secular culture of that day. And what does the unbelieving world do with Holy Week now? Some mock it, others ignore it, but I suspect most just don’t understand it. They understand neither their sin nor the gift of salvation from sin. It just doesn’t make any sense to them. Perhaps many see it as merely a tragic historical week in which a good Jewish rabbi was unfairly tried and executed, after which his followers invented stories of his resurrection to comfort themselves. For them it was simply “the week that was”.
We Christians are blessed to know and celebrate it as “the week that Still Is”. The ongoing benefit of Christ’s Supper, Sacrifice, and Resurrection bless us today with the assurance that our Lord loves us enough to have given us grace, life, and salvation in Christ, and still does today.
So what will you do with this week? I don’t expect that anyone who is reading this will mock it in unbelief. No, the greater temptation will be to treat it more as old news than Good News and, taking it for granted, ignore it. To have special observances of the week that was the most important in all history is not something commanded in Scripture. However, to celebrate it is an opportunity to remember that Holy Week is not just a week that was, but a week that IS, now and forever.
Grace and Peace to you in Christ,
P.S. We are remembering the week that was and IS this Thursday and Friday at 7PM
and Sunday at 8 & 10:45 AM