When I was a pastor, people would sometimes tell me that they felt as if they were on an emotional roller coaster. An incident or significant change often set off the roller-coaster ride, rocketing a person from joy to gratitude to puzzlement to fear to grief to despair to wonder to joy. There was often concern for the toll this had on the person’s well-being. But often that person understood the causes of such a wide range of emotions and could move on to a new place in heart and mind.
The last week of Jesus’ life was a roller coaster of emotions for the disciples and others close to Jesus. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem greeted a king who threatened a way of life that gave neither joy nor meaning. But as the week progressed, some were ever more ready to have this man put to death. There was a last meal shared with disciples, prayers in a garden, an arrest, a trial and a crucifixion. And death. All of the expectations of those closest to Jesus were dashed. And they were afraid and in despair.
And yet, God was not finished. There was resurrection. And new life. And new hope.
The Christian Church calls the week Holy Week! As I worship through the week on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, I experience the roller coaster of human life. How I may trust in the world instead of God and how that leaves me floundering or fearful. This week speaks to our human condition and how the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ forms us and how God seeks to continually address our human condition and our need to be in relationship with God as revealed in Christ.
My hope and prayer for you this Holy Week is that you experience the presence and grace of God as sufficient for whatever your condition. And then may you be able to claim that “The Lord Is Risen Indeed!”