As happy as we all are about the early arrival of spring, everyone seems a little nervous. Will the tulips die weeks too soon for the Pella tulip festival? What if we get a cold snap and the fruit trees lose their buds? Or worse yet, we could even experience another snowstorm. And most worrisome of all, is the beautiful weather just the result of global warming?
It’s hard to enjoy something when in the back of your mind there lurks an ominous warning.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on what Christians have named Palm Sunday, the crowds were exuberant and I am guessing that the disciples probably joined them in their enthusiasm. But Jesus must have heard the ominous warning. He must have known that he was on the final path of his life’s journey. It might have been spring time for some, but for him, it was the darkest winter.
During Holy Week we have the opportunity to focus on the final days and hours of Jesus life. The holy days that precede the celebration of resurrection are a necessary spiritual journey.
Zion offers a Maundy Thursday service, Good Friday worship, a Saturday meditation. On Easter we will start out with a sunrise service followed by breakfast and then the mighty crescendo– the Easter worship.
I suggest you come to all of it!
See You in the Pews!