Monday, April 6 – “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!” (Mark 1:24) Jesus’ first miracle in the Gospel of Mark was to exercise a demon in the synagogue. These are the words of said demon when Jesus showed up on the scene. The demon knew who Jesus was, he saw Jesus. He didn’t see Jesus as Savior, Messiah or good guy. The demon saw Jesus as his enemy, as the one who could hurt him, banish him or even destroy him. How could someone see Jesus as the “Holy One of God” and still experience fear in his presence? Seeing means to know through experience. Your experience is dictated by your perspective. The demon’s perspective was that Jesus was the enemy. Thus, even though he knew who Jesus was, he experienced fear in his knowing because of his perspective. What is your perspective of Jesus today?
Tuesday, April 7 – “Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you – I am he.’” (John 4:26) This is Jesus’ declaration of who he is to the Samaritan women at the well who was talking to him about the coming Messiah. The woman described Jesus, but never realized that the man she was talking to was the one she was describing. That is until he announced it to her. We cannot see until we are made aware. Again, seeing means to know through experience and your experience is dictated by your perspective. Perspectives can be altered, changed and transformed through revelation. When you learn something new your eyes are opened; you see things from a new point of view or perspective. This Holy Week are you open to revelation? Are you open to a new perspective which will allow you to see that which you couldn’t before?
Wednesday, April 8 – “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed.” (Psalm 2:1-2) Why is this true? One of the reasons is our sin-stained human love of power. It is good to be the king and anything that even appears to possibly side-track or derail us from being the king is seen as evil. Yet, and here-in-lies the problem, we aren’t the king. We only occasionally play the part of the king here on earth and these occasions are merely gifts from the real king. Again, seeing is to know through experience and experience is dictated by perspective. If your perspective is that you are the king you are going to naturally rage against anything that threatens to take your kingship away. This is why the religious leaders in Jerusalem had enough of their power being threatened by Jesus and have started the process of killing him. Are you conspiring and plotting in vain in some area of your life?
Thursday, April 9 – “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our inequities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) Tonight the lights go out in Georgia and Jesus celebrates his last Passover meal with his disciples. Tonight, Jesus will be betrayed, deserted, wrongfully accused as a heretic and condemned to death by the washing of Pilates’ hands. Again, seeing is to know through experience and experience is dictated by perspective. If your perspective is a follower of Jesus, this is one of the saddest/happiest nights of all time because it ushers in the beginning of the end, of the beginning. If your perspective is that Jesus is a delusional, megalomaniac than tonight is the required outcome to punish a very dangerous and sinful man. Tonight, as the sun sets, take some time to consider your perspective on who this Jesus is in your life.
Friday, April 10 – “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9) Let’s not forget, on this Good Friday, that this is where the week all started back on Sunday. The fulfillment of this prophecy was seen by everyone. Again, seeing is to know through experience and experience is dictated by perspective. Oh, how the perspective of the people changed in only five days. The same people who waved palm branches on Sunday are cheering for Jesus’ crucifixion today. This massive switch in perspective happened without the help of the internet, social media and twenty-four-hour news channels. Why is this Good Friday? Because all of this had to happen in order to bring salvation into the world. This is the beginning of the end, of the beginning. Because of this day, you and I, as followers of Jesus, have been saved from our sins and death itself. It is Friday, but Sunday is coming, and that perspective makes this a Good Friday!