For Christians, the week leading up to Easter is truly in it’s own category. In this week we find every emotion possible! Read John 13-21 this week and you’ll see the rollercoaster of emotions and events that Jesus experiences.
A roller coaster might be the best visual I can think of for us to envision Easter.
The climb. The drop. The euphoria (rest of the ride).
The life of Jesus looked like one that was always having to climb up hill as Pharisees were against Him and friends would abandon & betray Him. But the tension of the climb to the top of a rollercoaster is what produces the power for the rest of the ride. Then the drop happens.
The drop is the scariest part because you feel like you’re going to come out of your seat! It will make a grown man scream like a little girl…or at least I do. This might be the scariest moment but it’s not soon after that it pushes you into the rest of the experience on the ride. Everything that comes after the drop comes from the power of the climb. It’s the cross and the resurrection that propels us to live the rest of our lives with Jesus and for His purposes.
This Easter we’ll look at each of these components as we focus on Luke 24. Two guys were headed back home without hope because they missed “the climb” of Jesus going to the cross. This is like getting off the ride before the big drop. Who does that? Well, to be honest, I’ve found myself doing that, and I think more of us do this than we care to admit.
So this week, don’t miss any of the emotions that God has for you. From living with the tension of the cross, to the deep reality that Jesus DIED to take away our sins, to the absolute unbelievable joy that God raised Jesus from the dead to defeat death and sin so we can have a new way of life.
My hearts stirred just thinking about this all over again! Which is why I think the two guys in Luke 24 said this after they met with Jesus post-resurrection, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).
May the rollercoaster begin for you this week as we experience the life that God has for us in Jesus. I can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend!
P.S. Remember, if you’re longtime Northsider to pray about making room at the 9:45 & 11:30 by either hitting another service or heading to the Video Venue during those services as we’ll have live worship in there.
Grace & Peace,