Redemption unfolds in the week leading up to Easter, as does our preparations.
We live out the plan of our preparations for family get-togethers or egg hunts. If we get too caught up in these activities we risk missing out on reflecting of the reason for the season. God has a greater purpose for this week of preparation.
Our lives often imitate the pattern of that first Holy Week, from Palm Sunday through Easter. People praised Jesus with “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” on Palm Sunday, but by the end of the week they shouted “Crucify Him!”
We celebrate with praise on Sunday, but soon the busyness of life distracts us. We neglect keeping the hosannas in our hearts. Bad news or tough situations make us doubt, wondering where God is in the midst of the struggle. We look at the daily problems instead of looking to the One who can guide us through the situation.
Jesus resolutely faced each day of Holy Week with purpose, fulfilling the plan of redemption. The Last Supper, betrayal, crucifixion, death, and resurrection were steps of love toward the new covenant. Each event brought us closer to an eternal relationship with God.
Every action was a part of the greater plan of redemption from our sin and to secure victory for us over death.
In the darkest hours, Jesus knew the victory that was ahead. He persevered knowing that after His death, the third day—the resurrection—would come. He looked forward to joy beyond the cross.
Scripture encourages us to look to Jesus as an example.
…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2, NKJV
As you go through this week, I pray that your plan will include take time to focus on the plan of redemption and be in awe of the power of God.