The essence of Holy Week

Holy week for most of us, especially Filipinos, means personal sacrifices and of course, grand vacation. Nothing wrong with that — I do that too. But allow me to share with you what I think makes this holy week so special.

Jesus was the most precious possession in heaven. But because God loves me so much, he would rather die than live without me for eternity. In effect, heaven went bankrupt just to gain me when He died a painful death on the cross — in my place. Because I am a sinner, it should have been me hanging on that cross. The sacrifice wasn’t mine to do, it’s for him to give. He did what I can’t do. He took on his shoulders what I can’t carry. But even if I’m the only sinner who lived on earth, he would still choose to become man and die on my place. That kind of love is unfathomable, how can I disregard it? The best part is, he did it while I am yet a sinner. He didn’t say, “Be good first before I rescue you”, rather he said, “I’m going to die for you not because you deserve it but because I love you”.

Now, replace the “I‘s” and the “me‘s” on that paragraph by your name. Read it, claim it as yours. You should, because that’s exactly what he did for you — personally. And that’s the very essence of what we’re going to celebrate this week.

The story doesn’t end on his death. On Sunday is Easter — the day where we remember his resurrection. He not only died in our place, he also lives to assure us of eternal life. We serve a risen saviour!

You can make this Holy Week more memorable by accepting a saviour too eager to start a personal relationship with you. The Bible says, “Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends” (Rev. 3:20). Why don’t you let him come in?

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