Holy Week 2017
How Heaven and Earth Became One
The Week of Christ’s Passion is the story of how Heaven and Earth became one. The story foreshadows the Apostle Paul’s song that tells us of the unification of all things in Christ - things in heaven and on earth ( Colossians 1:15-20). This story also tells us how the prayer which Jesus taught His disciples to pray, is answer because through His victory things on earth and things in heaven become one.
This story becomes our story as the church is given the task to bring heaven to earth through the proclamation and presentation of Jesus who united all things (Ephesians 1:7-10) so that there is no longer Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, there is no male and female, for we [the church] are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:27-29).
The week of Christ’s Passion which begins so promising with His entrance into the city of Jerusalem, seems to end in bitter defeat on Golgotha. But then something glorious happened on the first day of the week. One of the statement which got Jesus killed became true. They tore the temple down, and it was rebuilt in three days. A new temple in and through which all can have access to God is raised up from the dead, and so through the risen Christ, heaven and earth become one.
Our work this week will be to think with the Scriptures on these things because the intention of the King is for us to take this message of unification to a disunified world. My goal in teaching will be to help us learn a new vocabulary of hopeful expectation. I want us to be firm in our conviction that what Jesus said about His kingdom will be true in our region - “the Kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the bird of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32)
- The dates for Holy Week are Sunday, April 9 through Sunday, April 16. Please note that the Sunday meetings are at their normal times and locations. The M-F meetings will take place at Durkeetown in the Chapel from 7-8 p.m.. The Saturday meeting will be held at St. James in the Village of Fort Edward beginning at 9 a.m.
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