Yesterday began what’s known in the Christian world as Holy Week. It begins with Palm Sunday, continues with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and ends with Easter. For Jesus it was one of the biggest weeks of His life. It was also the week that He came to earth for, the week He realized His potential and fulfilled His purpose. It was also the most challenging, painful and heartbreaking weeks too. Maybe that’s where you’re at this week. Maybe you’re dreading what the week brings, thinking about the taxes that are due in a few short weeks, thinking about spring coming and having put on weight this winter, or stressing about the activities the kids want to do this spring and how much it will cost. Or maybe you’re dealing with a health challenge or the loss of a family member or close friend. But then again maybe you just woke up and wished it wasn’t a work day.
My point here is that just about every day we face a challenge. Maybe it’s a big challenge, maybe it’s insignificant in the long run. But whatever it is we will most likely face a challenge today. Jesus knew going into this week that it would be a big one. He knew that He would be facing death (unless God saw some other way to save the world).
Some of us go through challenges like Jesus did: it start off with something really good, then we go through something really challenging, and then we end up on the other side victorious. But just like Psalm 23 is about a journey that David went through, and Holy Week is the journey to the biggest challenge that Jesus faced, we too journey to and through our challenges.
Know that in all challenges you face this week there’s always a way up. You just have to make it through long enough, fight the good fight long enough, and stay strong long enough to get through and find the victory at the other end. Trust in that as Jesus trusted in Easter morning.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28