Well another Holy Week is behind us, but it should never be completely out of our minds. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are things that call us to radical and complete obedience daily in whatever God has set before us:
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’ Mark 8:34 – 38
Recently, a rather well-known news anchor said that Good Friday was hokey and that every day should be good if we would help others. Certainly, he doesn’t understand what Good Friday represents. He obviously does not understand that Jesus died on Good Friday. However, he makes a good point. Just like you go to church on days other than Easter and Christmas, you can live your life for Jesus even when it isn’t Holy Week.
Tell people about Jesus even though Easter has passed. Invite people to church even though it isn’t Easter this Sunday. Help others and make every day Good in memory of How Jesus lived his life. Sacrifice your time, talents, and resources just like Jesus sacrificed His life. Recognize that since Jesus is alive, we have a hope beyond this world and should be living in light of eternity. With Jesus, every day is good!
My sermon Sunday will be on Mark 7:1–23. Please read up through that section in your Mark book with your family, and feel free to call me with any questions.