The most terrible week
As we recall that most basic Christian doctrine, that the Everlasting Word, sent my the Father, the origin of all, is present in the man Jesus of Nazareth, so this week that is called “Holy” is for The Word that most terrible experience of human degradation and of what wayward and backward humanity does to others.
Sure in the history of Israel, has the Word known abandonment and betrayal by His people, as spoken aloud through the prophets. But in the Man Jesus, this experience of betrayal and abandonment is at its uttermost, and the Everlasting Word knows in human experience more acutely than ever before our sinfulness and failure to be the Intended Being we should possess.
On the Sunday they will rejoice and lay down their palm branches at His feet, in expectation of some mistaken political revolution, and nationalistic expectations, even in the hope of some violence from Him to commit in their desired cause.
He will go into their temple and upset the corruption of the greedy money changers and swindlers of the poor offering animals for sacrifice. He will preach in the vain hope of changed hearts for the priestly elite and warn of terrible things to come if they do not change. Yet His Words fall on deaf self serving ears.
And so in the days that come He will experience betrayal by one of his own and others of his inner shall desert Him for fear of their own lives. He shall know loneliness and fear in the Garden.
He will be placed like many a good prisoner of conscience in front of a corrupt court who have already decided that He must die to serve their interests. Their religious conscience corrupted by their own false ideals and power over the lives of others.
He shall be brought before a self serving foreign civil authority unwilling to withstand the trouble of releasing an innocent man, when faced with the religious mob that wants His blood.
He will be beaten and made fun of by the prison guards, who taunt Him, because He is not one of their own, just some trouble maker to be made and example of. So He will be the beaten and bruised and tortured prisoner of conscience with no justice done for Him, but misused against Him.
Then they shall put Him to death in one of most barbaric and torturous means of punishment ever devised to serve political power and control.
See then in all these things their barbarity and that of so many other forms of self serving corruption, still known in this modern world.
But as you see that Blessed Word made Flesh experience these things ask yourself, where am I in this story? And what is ma part what He experiences this most terrible week?