by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011
We have entered Holy Week – a time commemorating a week in history which only makes sense when considered with hindsight. Just as in times of great difficulty, personal pain and challenge in our own lives, how confusing Holy Week (the last week of Jesus’ earthly life) must have been to all who knew Jesus.
On the first day He was finally swarmed by the people waving palm branches and acknowledged as king. However, just a few days later this same population demanded (and received) his death. They had Him killed!
With the exception of John, Jesus’ mother and a few of the women, all the disciples fled and abandoned their Master and Lord, hiding in fear. The world must have seemed to have been falling apart! Jesus, the One they had come to believe was the Son of God, who had performed miracle after miracle, including raising the dead back to life had allowed Himself to be put to death as if a criminal.
The sky darkened. The earth shook and the veil on the temple’s Holy of holies ripped in two. Even a Roman soldier present at the crucifixion recognized “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39 NIV)
And yet, Jesus was dead. How could God being God let this happen! Wasn’t Jesus the Messiah, the Anointed One who was to save the world?
The picture of this confusing, desperate, horrendous time only becomes clear with hindsight following the Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost, precisely because Jesus was (and it) God. “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa. 55:8-9 NIV.) Jesus never was an earthly king meant to rule on earth and die. He was and is King over heaven, earth, the universe and all creation FOREVER. And despite this position of authority He humbled Himself, pouring His very life out in love to redeem us to have the right to be with Him eternally.
Jesus’ death had not made sense and yet now it does. Likewise, each of us will encounter ugliness, evil, and things that don’t make sense or seem to need to be during our own lifetimes. We will have difficulties and suffer and agonize as we watch those we love experience their own times of difficulty and suffering, and yet when considered from the view of eternity, just as the cross, we will rejoice in what God did with what seemed Satan’s victory and God’s defeat. This remains earth not heaven – there is no perfection here and it will not be fair. There is only One God. His ways are not our ways, but higher and better. No matter what it looks like now, stay the course and trust in Him. Our Lord reigns!
All Scripture except where noted excerpted from the Amplified Bible. For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation.