It’s Still HOLY WEEK

This is certainly NOT how Christians would have envisioned honouring Good Friday and celebrating Easter Sunday.  For sure it is NOT how our congregation imagined Easter week-end.  It’s no exaggeration to say that Easter has been the highlight of our worship calendar for the last ten years because we vacate our church building and inhabit the Living Arts Centre in the heart of our city for one of our most treasured worship experiences.  We normally hold three services on a Sunday morning out of necessity, but on Easter Sunday morning for the last ten years we have been one church celebrating the Resurrection in the middle of Mississauga.  The moment I realized that wasn’t going to happen this year, to say nothing of the fact that we are not together at all, I sat on the edge of my bed, let out a deep sigh, and wept. 

As I worked through the sadness that Christians everywhere are feeling about their Easter plans it dawned on me “it’s still HOLY WEEK!”  The cross and the resurrection are not limited to our traditions, programs and buildings.   In fact, this may be the best Easter week-end since the first one!  If we take the time to go deeper in our understanding of the cross and the resurrection.

I’m going to look at this Friday as a chance to experience the “isolation and loneliness” that Jesus did on that “good Friday” perhaps in a way I’ve not been able before now.  On a recent trip to Israel our group squeezed into the “dungeon” beneath what is believed to be the home of Caiaphas, where Jesus was held on the night before His trial.  I read Psalm 88 to our little flock.  Why don’t you take this Good Friday to be alone with God and your thoughts to reflect on what it means to share in His suffering of rejection, isolation and loneliness? 

To read Psalm 88 now just click on the following link:

Oh!! I have to say it!  I’m going to miss the collective worship of our church family on Easter Sunday morning.   Without the great Easter celebrations that we have come to love and enjoy, let’s ask the Lord to release the hope of Easter in the sanctuary of our hearts in unprecedented ways.  After all, that has been His target all along.  He didn’t plan Easter to be a big program for us to spectate.  He planned to invade the human heart with a new and living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

Most Christian visitors to Israel want the “classic” picture of themselves walking out of the Garden Tomb because of the rich symbolism it holds.  Jesus died, was buried, but three days later He walked out of the grave, conquering death and giving eternal life to all who come to Him by faith. As Jesus Himself said, “Because I live, you also will live.”  (John 14:19)  

No amount of isolation, anxiety or uncertainty in our world can change our hope in Christ.  This year will be very different than any of us expected.  But it’s still “holy week.”  By which I mean to say, our hope and peace in Jesus are firmly intact.  So, I pray that you will be able to cherish every moment of reflecting on the death and resurrection of Jesus, perhaps as never before.

Please check out our service times posted on our church website and plan to join us for a virtual communion service on Friday morning and a unique Easter service on Sunday.