Understanding Holy Week

In the Church this week is known as “Holy Week,” the week of remembering Palm Sunday, Passover, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and then Easter Sunday.  If you’ve been a Christian for a while you’ve probably had someone pose the question to you about why people wear crosses around their necks as the symbol of faith, why Jesus had to die for us to be freed, or why He couldn’t just sign a piece of paper or use a rainbow.

Honestly, we may never fully understand everything Jesus did or said, and some people will never understand why you’ve chosen to have faith.  Sometimes you may not even understand it.  But that’s OK.  Jesus knew that we wouldn’t understand everything He said or did, whether the first time we read it or ever.  There are some things in life that we will never understand.  And not because we’re not smart enough, but simply because we’re not meant to.

There will be times when the experiences we have will become lessons we learn far down the road.  In these times it’s important to keep trusting that God does indeed have a plan, and we’ll understand some day (even if that day is in heaven).  The thing I’ve been studying a lot lately in my readings is that sometimes it takes time for us to be old enough, strong enough, brave enough, or open enough to get the message.  It’s not easy to wait for those times to happen, but just like babies can’t drive, we too have to wait for the right time.

If you’re waiting for understanding or peace about your life and situations, take comfort in the fact that with Good Friday and Easter just a few days away God is again reminding us that He has all the answers and He has it under control.  Why Jesus came to earth and died exactly when He did, and not now, doesn’t mean that He cares any less about you and your life.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

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