Brothers & Sisters,
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon
because of an eclipse of the sun.
Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit";
and when he had said this he breathed his last.
As we enter Holy Week, I encourage you to pause and prepare yourself for what is about to happen over the next week. In a particular way we’re invited to align ourselves in one way or another with the events that transpired 2000 years ago. Will you choose to be with the mob or to be an apostle? One way is clearly much more comfortable than the other but results in the murder of an innocent man. The other way, while much harder will bear many fruits for eternity. The decision seems like an easy one doesn’t it? Unfortunately, my friends, some will choose to stand with the mob, scream at the top of their lungs for one great moment and then fade into obscurity after they have condemned a man to death.
Why would anyone choose the mob? Because it is an easy way out. It’s for the person that doesn’t want to make an effort in their life. It is for the person that is entirely content with being absolutely ordinary. We have become so obsessed with latching onto the latest news bite, tweet, Facebook post, Youtube video, etc., that we forget what our real purpose is on this mortal plane.
Choosing to be an apostle, accept Him, embrace the good in all things, and to align ourselves with the face of Christ comes with its ups and downs but knowing that the gates of Heaven will be open to you should be reason enough to make that choice. Nothing great ever comes easy, Christ shows us this when he dies for us. For Him, the ultimate cost was paid to achieve the most significant thing, and we should all drop to our knees and thank Him and praise Him. How could we not go through even a little pain if we knew it was the right thing to do? Who are we to deny ourselves of the light of His face when the going gets tough? Be strong my friends, do not turn your backs on Him, and prepare your heart and soul for this week and beyond.