Sunday, Mar. 27, 2005
Holy Week 2005
A lot is going on this Holy Week 2005, as it was on the first Holy Week over 2,000 years ago. Here we see the Easter event again unfolding the world over.
Each year throughout the Christian world, churches erect crosses in the yards of their churches, and drape them with a purple grave cloth to commemorate that a royal king had entered Jerusalem and been executed through crucifixion. Purple is the color of royalty but the purple turns to saving red as seen in Mel Gibsons portrayal of Christ in The Passion of the Christ.
Ironically, we call the day of Jesus execution Good Friday. The symbol of pain, torture, and death, has become the victory symbol for all Christianity. My Christian wife, Dee, collects Christian crosses of all shapes, sizes, and materials from wood, silver, gold, fabric, or wrought iron.
Over the years of working in the church, you gain an affiliation with crosses. You get to where you daily deny yourself, pick it up and follow Christ without even thinking about it. You get used to the pain and the victory at the same time.
What scares me about our American churches today is that we often attempt to make everyone so comfortable, pampered and unoffended that there are no crosses to be found anywhere. They just form their southern comfort clubs, and program the cross right out the back door. Then when their lives fall apart all around them, they discover that the power of the cross isnt there, and the southern comfort club has nothing to offer.
Good Friday is barely even celebrated in America today. European Christians can only boast a meager 4 percent attendance of any form of public worship on any given weekend. At least they do celebrate Good Friday as a national holiday. Alongside this 4 percent has risen a very large Muslim and various other major non-christian religions. It is only a matter of time until other religions will dominate Europe. There is a message for Christians in America today!
Again, God bless Mel Gibson for reminding the world the horrors of the cross and Good Friday.
This Easter weekend can be different for your and your family. It is the hope and prayers of all Christian pastors and congregations that you and your family attend one of the many worship services provided to honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If you are in the Senoia area, our Easter worship services will begin with a Son-Rise service in our outdoor pavilion followed by a sausage biscuit breakfast. We will conduct our regular Sunday School at 10 a.m. Our 11 a.m. worship will be followed by our Resurrection Egg hunt for the children at noon.
Come as you are, but dont expect to stay that way! Have an involved Easter!
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