It was the most important week in history. Jesus was rejected, condemned, nailed to a tree, and died. He rose from the dead and appeared to a number of men and women. They heard Him speak, they touched His body, they saw the wounds left by the crucifixion. They believed God raised Him from the dead.
Every year in remembrance of this week, believers in Jesus come together. The Scriptures are opened to provide the account of eye witnesses to all the events of that astounding week. One of them wrote: “These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing, you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).We read what they wrote, that we might also believe in Him, share his joy, and discover the power of resurrection.
What happened to Jesus wasn’t just another event in the long series of travesties that befall good people trying to make this sad world a better place. This was different. Jesus went to His cross crying out to us: “I do this because I love you. I do this to forgive you. I do this to wipe out your sin. I do this to destroy your death.”
Love like that blows us away. It can only come from the Son of God. It’s a love mightier than all the mess we’ve made of our world, and stronger even than death itself. This is the most remarkable week in human history. It really is a matter of death and life. His for ours.
This article was composed collaboratively between Pastors Scott Johnson and Matthew C. Harrison. Rev. Harrison is President of the The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.