What happened in four consecutive days in the early 30’s A.D. was more important than the cumulative significance of the 730,000 days since then.
Nowhere else in history have four solitary days carried such weight or made such an impact.
Those experiencing those four days were changed so much by the events of those 96 hours that their testimonies have transformed hundreds of millions of future human beings.
If you were told that you had four days to live, and were offered the opportunity to live any four days of history, the choice would be obvious – you would jump at the opportunity to experience the final weekend of the life of Jesus.
Unfortunately, there is no Time Tunnel to convey us back to that climactic moment of history. But it may surprise you to know there is a close alternative. The Bible – it is God’s way of carrying us back through time to the pivotal moments of the past so that we can relive them as though we were there ourselves.
We love the Bible at Camelback Bible Church. And during Holy Week, we are going to let it do its greatest work of all: to bring us back to those four monumental days.
I ask you, with all my heart, to put lesser things down and commit yourself to experiencing each of the four days with Jesus.
Come to the church home on Thursday evening (April 17) and re-live the last supper of Jesus with his disciples. Julianne Forte will capture the tone of that evening with beautiful acoustical music, and we will reminisce quietly with each other, reading scripture and praying, and then eating the bread and drinking the cup together.
Come to the church home on Friday evening (April 18) and behold the final moments of Jesus, the mock trial, the extensive abuse, the rejection of friends and Father, the lingering death. Guy Whatley, Tom Bookhout, Leonard Valencia, and the choir will capture the darkness in unforgettable strains of music, and the apostle Matthew will guide our thoughts with his first-hand account of the crucifixion.
Take time on Saturday, personally and with family, to ponder and pray through all Jesus suffered, what it meant, and what it would have meant if the tomb had been the end of his story.
And, then, come to the church home on Sunday (April 20) prepared to pull out all the stops in celebration of history’s greatest day, when the tomb, for the first time ever, proved vulnerable, when Jesus exploded from its confines and brought in his arms a new way to be human – newness of life in the resurrected Christ.
Please mark out time right now for each of the worship services during Holy Week. I so want you to experience them. Say “no” to extra hours in the office, sporting events with the kids, catching up on bills, the nagging pains and weariness that keep you home – and come and re-live the days of God’s greatest glory.
Lastly, bring your friends, family, and acquaintances – they need the four days as much as you do.