Holy Week is one of the most revered season in the Philippines. It’s one of those occasion wherein there seems to be less crime and fighting not just in the bigger picture but also between families and friends.
The height of the Lenten season I guess is during Good Friday and Easter Sunday wherein we have services to commemorate what happened more than 2000 years ago for Christ’s death and resurrection.
This is definitely one of the longest celebrated season if we count when this particular holiday started.
But shouldn’t it be that we also also give importance to Maundy Thursday?
I mean, don’t get me wrong but if we are to examine the bible, it was on this very day (or night) that Jesus Christ was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to his Father in heaven if its possible for him for this “cup” to pass.
32They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36“Abba,[e] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
39Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
The cross portrayed Jesus Christ’s obedience to His Father’s desire showing Satan his very own defeat. But it was at the garden that He overcame his greatest struggle. It was at the garden that He decided to submit in his Father’s will. It was also at the garden that He showed forgiveness instead of hatred.
But whether it’s Thursday or Friday or even any other days of the week, we should always celebrate what GOD has done for us!
He died for us – to give us LIFE!
It surely is a worthy cause to give Him our highest worship, our greatest praise and adoration to this very season. Even heaven agrees to this very truth in the Book of Revelation –
6Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits[a] of God sent out into all the earth.
7He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.
8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9And they sang a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
11Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12In a loud voice they sang:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
13Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
– Revelation 5:6-14
How do we respond to this very truth?
I hope you will not just sulk at the corner of your room praying but will come out and celebrate as we remember Christ’s experience and victory over sin and death.
For because of him, all things have been redeemed through his blood that was shed on the cross!