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man of sorrowsYesterday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, the celebration of the last week Christ spent on Earth as humble man. This is always an emotional week for me. It is one that reminds me of my depravity as human. As sinner. As selfish being. But, and so much more importantly, it is a week that reminds me of the INCREDIBLE, BEAUTIFUL, ENORMOUS gift of salvation that Jesus paid by dying on the cross those two thousand some years ago.

It is a week of emotional highs and lows.  Jesus triumphantly rides into Jerusalem as throngs of people bow down before him, singing his praises.  The King of Kings washes the feet of his disciples, with and for whom he breaks bread for the last time.  Then, for a paltry sum, Jesus is betrayed by one of those very men.  Later that night he is denied by Peter, the rock on which his church will be built.  The Prince of Peace is mocked, persecuted, beaten and sentenced to death. He is hung on a cross, laid in a tomb, and then, against all odds, against all logic, against all sound judgement, HE IS RISEN!! He not only defeats death for himself but for ALL of humanity!

Yes, I would call that an emotional week. It is a week that I look forward to celebrating every year, but one which I should really be celebrating every day. It is a week that changed the course of human history for all of ETERNITY.  So, I encourage you to celebrate with me this week.  I encourage you to take some time and think about the weight and power which Holy Week represents. Jesus is RISEN for you and for me and for every single sinner who defiantly walks this Earth.

I encourage you to listen to the song below as well as meditate on its lyrics. Written and produced by Hillsong, it was played at our church yesterday morning and moved me deeply. It is an incredibly powerful expression of the fullness of Holy Week.

Hillsong has deemed “Man of Sorrows” this year’s Easter Song and it is available for free download here.

Finally, if you do not have a church to attend on Easter Sunday (3/31/13), I would love to invite you to join Adam and I at our church Grace Orlando.  There are several campuses and service times from which to choose.  Everyone, and all of their emotions, are welcome!

Nourish and Be Nourished::