You can’t make it through Holy Week in one piece! Not if you are uniting with Jesus, anyway! You go through it all, in some diminutive form, the whole preoccupation with The Beloved, like having a dear one in a critical state in I.C.U. on the brink of life & death. Ones mind is never far from their side, no matter what one is doing in the physical world that demands our attention. So it is with Our Beloved, Jesus, the more lent draws on the more one is drawn to His Side, to console, to weep forgiveness, to adore, to make amends & grow in holiness, to kiss this Lord Who gave All, for us. To walk more closely with Him. The build up, The Last Supper, The Agony, The Betrayal, The Arrest, The Trial, The Insults & Spittle, The False Accusations & Mockery, being put ‘on show’.
Beating, Scourging, Crowning, Bleeding, the dust, the heat of the sun burning fresh wounds, bruises, thorns digging deep into your skull, dizziness, thirst, hunger … for Love, kindness, compassion, Life! & yes, the need to eat to keep up ones strength… for the Cross.
But in dying with Him, we will also rise with Him… thanks be to God! It doesn’t end in a stone cold tomb… but in Fullness of Life! Bursting with Light & Glory! Alleluia.
So, courage! as we travel this path of suffering with Him in Holy Week. Our Saviour does not leave us there, but carries us with Him on the clouds high above the world in raptures known only to those unafraid of intimacy with God.