Friday, March 29, 2013

Not so Holy week?


Hmmm, how do I start this blog post? Let me just cut to the chase and not waste anyone's time. For a couple years now I have been a little disturbed about why some Christians "boycott" Easter. We celebrate President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and other holidays [which are all focused around earthly men], but we cannot celebrate a week or weekend where Jesus Christ's sacrifice are highlighted? I feel like it's my Christmas blog all over again from a couple years ago [to read it, click here].

The other day as I was perusing through my Facebook feed, I saw another one of those conspiracy-theory-like graphics that spoke against Easter and it just reopened these feelings. Come on, my people...This is the week that changed everything for you and me. Jesus, came down in form of a baby, grew up, laid His life [selflessly] for us, and rose again! What is there NOT to celebrate? We celebrate birthdays and other special occasions, why not stop and celebrate the one who died for our dirty sins?

People will also say, we should be celebrating God's life, death and resurrection every day/week and my answer to that is, "yes, of course, but don't discount it when it is the week where it is really highlighted by society." Ellen G. White wrote it best when she wrote the following in her book, "Desire of Ages."



"It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross."
Desire of Ages; page 83.

Didn't she say it perfectly? I love it. Again, I say to you who may be skeptical about Holy week including Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday; celebrate it-- it won't do you any harm and no one will take your religious credentials, I promise.

Let's continue to celebrate Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection every day or week, even after Holy Week, because He is worthy of our praise. After all, JESUS is RISEN and is alive! Hallelujah!

FYI: for those of you who may want a refresher of the week that changed everything, check this out [for larger version, click here].  




4 comments:

  1. Again, Bravo!!!!

    Anissa, you are saying what Paul was saying. "if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain" according to Corinthians. Eschatology is dependent on Resurrection!! For us Christians, who are presumed to live 'so far in the future,' ought to know that Resurrection makes the 'future' a possibility.
    And though i want to write more, you know i do. ill keep it at that. And simply want to wish you blessings this weekend!!
    Thank you for the "activation of memorization!" This is what we do, this is what the Christian community does at best: It remembers what God has done for them, and therefore this fundamentally puts them into action, into the future...with our resurrected Lord.
    Christ is RISEN indeed!!!

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