We celebrated Palm Sunday yesterday.
In the last month, the world around me has been going through an upheaval. It feels like being in the middle of a long earthquake, and the ground has not yet stopped shaking. My joy was mixed with sadness and as I sat in church, singing triumphal songs of praise and waving my palms, I thought about many brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering greatly. [see Compass Direct] Palm Sunday has already passed for them and following Jesus, they are living a different day of this holy week.
Some are living Monday:
*when the chief priests and the teachers of the law begin to look for a way to kill Jesus because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. [Mark 11:18]
*they are being questioned [Mark 11:27-33]
*people are looking for a way to arrest them [Mark 12:12]
*authorities are trying to trap them [Mark 12:13-17]
Some are living Tuesday:
*making tremendous sacrifices like the woman who poured $25,000 worth of perfume on the feet of Jesus [Mark 14: 3-10]
*being betrayed by a friend [Mark 14:10]
Some are living Wednesday:
*in silence, waiting, wondering.
Some are living Thursday:
*asking for the cup to be taken away but submitting to God’s will [Mark 14:36]
*arrested [Mark 14:46]
*denied by a friend [Mark 14:71]
Some are living Friday:
*flogged [Mark 15:15]
*taking up the cross [Mark 15: 21]
*killed [Mark 15:37]
Some are living Saturday:
*full of grief
We are all waiting for Sunday:
to hear the words “He has risen! He is not here.”