April 1-Holy Thursday
50Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending’ on the Son of Man.” (John 1:50, 51)
Today, on Holy Thursday, we begin reading the greatest Gospel ever written. For the month of April, as Jesus states above, while reading the Gospel of John, we will see “heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John’s words flow in poetic majesty throughout his writings, giving the world a powerful prose to glorify the Savior of the World.
I hope you spend time today reflecting on the true meaning of Holy, or Maundy, Thursday. Today is the day Jesus celebrated the Feast of the Passover, which would become known as “The Last Supper” in the Christian faith. This year, the celebration of “The Last Supper” falls on April 1, April Fool’s Day. Don’t be a fool and brush off the magnitude of celebrating this Holy Week. Last year, COVID had shut Easter down. A year later, America is reborn. What are you doing with the life you have been given and the opportunities you have every day to help spread the Good News? Never before in the history of this country have we been so far from God. The proof of that is in articles like this one from Christianity Today. If you are wondering why American society keeps slipping further and further away from God, just read that article. While I understand why more and more people are leaving denominational Christianity, which has preached a jaded Gospel for generations, it is sad that over half the adult US population does not consider themselves part of a church. Jesus demonstrated that the Christian Church was never meant to be a building, but a meeting of 2 or more people, so I would think more Americans are part of these homegrown churches. I consider myself a member of two churches: our physical, local church, Compassion Christian; and our online eCampus membership to Elevation Church, where we catch the weekly message from the great Pastor Steven Furtick (which you can watch by clicking the link below).
To close on a positive note, I want to share the newest worship song from Crowder, who reminds us that for everything we need, Jesus is. Have a blessed second half of Holy Week. And, please, please, please, get to a church this weekend!
Reading plan: John 1:1-28
Deeper reading plan: 1 Kings 1-3
Prayer focus: Pray for America to truly take time to reflect and respond to the events of Holy Week.