Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Holy Week
Lent is coming to an end. It’s the 40 days fast and pray, building a stronger relationship and plugging into God. It originated as a symbol of 40 days spent by Jesus in the desert. Coming soon will be Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
My classmates are asking the lecturer, why aren’t there any holiday on Friday, since Thursday is Nabi Mohammad’s birthday and there’s a holiday for it. Well, it will be a holiday for you if you’re in Sarawak, but not here. Moreover, its not about the holidays. Well, Maundy Thursday is to commemorate the last supper that Christ had with His apostles, washed their feet and gave them a new commandment, “love one another as I have love you.” John 15:12. Good Friday, is to remind us of Christ's crucifixion on the cross. Knowing that He’ll have no connection with His father for a period of time, bearing the sin of the world, by a sinless being, the suffering and the imagined images in my mind reminds me that salvation is paid with a great price. And Easter, the Resurrection of Christ. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Well, without the Crucifixion, there will not be resurrection, without the resurrection, there will be no celebration, and without all these, we would not be cleansed. So, these days are equally important.
Well, this will be the first time that I’m going through all these away from home. (what happened last year? I have not much memory of it) Normally, we’ll have prayer meeting on Thursday night, service on Friday night and celebration on Sunday. Going through all these away from home will be a different experience, confused at first and a bit lost (having Good Friday on a Thursday and not knowing where I should be on Friday) but finally, decided that the praying, service and celebration “tradition” is good and should be carried along. So, Thursday night will still be a praying night for me, Friday night, we’re having some worship, games and food over at my place. But who’s going to share the word? That is still to be known yet. We shall see. Well, is not about what we should do on these days, its more of remembering what happened and commemorating it. Different people have different perception of how things should be but ultimately, the meaning should be there. Treasure it and pass it on, and be thankful!!!
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.