Daylight savings time seemed to arrive early this year, along with the grandchildren’s spring break, eighty degree temperatures, and it’s still March. Trees are blooming, bluebonnets are popping, even the hummingbirds are already here looking for their feeders and Monday morning was in the upper 20’s. We are still waiting for rain! Keep praying! Uncertainty abounds! One thing is certain, Easter is next Sunday, Jesus died for our salvation and our Lord will return again!
Our son sent us an e-mail that said, “I believe Jesus’ choice to ride into Jerusalem on a donkey instead of a warhorse is symbolic of the humble servant nature of his life on the earth.” This is true, but also in Matthew 5:17 you read Jesus saying “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” The riding in on the donkey is a prophecy Jesus was fulfilling from Zechariah 9:9 which says “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” I kept thinking about the reference to “instead of a warhorse” my son mentioned. He’s thinking of the symbolic warhorse that will come later. The white horse John sees in Revelation 19:11. The white horse represents victory and the Faithful and True rider is Jesus, the mighty Warrior that God will send to righteously judge the world. (Acts 17:31)
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) This is Holy Week. Now is the time of Christ’s joy, fear, betrayal, agony, and glory. The Good Shepherd is Jesus Christ, the One who loved us so much that He gave His life for us, and in doing so, offered us a “life forever.” To fully understand the victory of Easter morning, we must first follow Jesus to the cross. Maundy Thursday is when we participate in the Last Supper of our Lord and Savior. Not all churches have a Maundy Thursday Services, however if your church does, I encourage you to attend. At the last supper Jesus shared with His disciples: “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) The word “Maundy” is from the Latin word for “Command.” The service centers on the tradition of the Seder, the Jewish Passover meal and how Jesus transformed it into the sacrament of Holy Communion. Thus, Maundy Thursday is a service of Holy Communion. Good Friday is when we re-experience the Way of the Cross and Crucifixion of our Lord and Savior. The Way of the Cross is a hard and difficult journey; but a necessary one in order to fully experience the awesomeness of the Lord Jesus’ Resurrection. How can we see the beautiful light of eternal life without first experiencing the darkness?
There will be a Good Friday service at Art UMC at 6:00pm and at St. John’s Lutheran church in Castell also at 6:00pm. The Easter service for Trinity UMC will be at 9:30am on Easter Sunday. Art UMC will have the Easter sunrise service at 7:00am followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. There will be no Sunday school. There will be an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 followed by the Easter service at 11am.
Peace to all