April 15

Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?   Psalm 85:6

You now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.  John 16:22.

Monday of Holy Week

Things can change within a day.   Yesterday in our worship we celebrated the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  It was the day of Palm Sunday.  

But today things begin to change in the life of Jesus.  The enemies of Jesus are getting organized to stop the efforts of Jesus.  Jesus surely must have been very aware of the movement.

On this Monday of Holy Week we can put these thoughts into focus.  It’s the last week in Lent, a time of self-reflection and repentance as we move into the last days of the life of Jesus on earth.  Our self-reflection and repentance now turns to the suffering and pain that Jesus endured for us in that last week of his earthly life.

In Psalm 8:6 the psalmist cries to God to revive the people with favor so the people can rejoice.  Verse 7 follows with the words “Show us your steadfast love O Lord, and grant us your salvation.”

The salvation for all people came through the life and death of Jesus as is seen in John 16:22 when Jesus describes his own death as the pain of childbirth, yet the end result is that of joy.

Even as we see the change from the glorious march on Palm Sunday to the cruelty placed on Jesus in the days that followed, we can also get a glimpse of the eternal joy of salvation that each one of us has.  The steadfast love of God is with us now and forever in that eternal joy.

Good and Gracious God, revive us in faith.   Keep us strong with our hearts filled with the eternal joy of salvation made possible by the life and death of our Savior, Jesus  Christ.  Amen.

Marv Roloff