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Your Sorrow Will Turn To Joy

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

We return to find ourselves in Jerusalem when Jesus speaks of his father’s will for him to die, and rise again, and then tells his disciples

Your sorrow will turn to Joy!

 Observing Holy Week is not an obligation, but it is an opportunity. It is a chance to walk with your church, throughout time and through the world, as she walks with her Bridegroom through the most important week in the history of the world. It is a chance to focus our minds and hearts on the most important and timeless reality of God’s scandalous grace! It is a gift to your soul to walk with Jesus and be in awe of his choosing suffering and death in unconditional love for you.

 This is the most important week in the world’s history. Did you know that ten of the Gospel of John’s 21 chapters—essentially half— deal with the final week of our Lord’s life, his betrayal, his trials, his crucifixion, and his triumphant resurrection? The final eight of Matthew’s 28 chapters are given to this one week, along with the last six of Mark’s sixteen and the final six of Luke’s 24. Why? Clearly those who wrote the gospel accounts of Jesus knew that the events of this Passover, the suffering and death and resurrection of Jesus, are of ultimate significance.

 I encourage you to slow down and savor the days ahead, coming to worship on the Sundays and Wednesdays up until Holy Week, and then every day of Holy Week, if you can. Hear the great good news that can only come from Jesus. Re-live the story in our cherished Moravian tradition of the Holy Week Readings services, hearing the words, envisioning the events, touching and changing us forever. Pause and ponder, and hear God’s still small voice.  My prayer for you is that God would make the apostle’s prayer in Ephesians 3:16–19 come true in you this Lent and Holy Week:

that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.