We have made it to Holy Week. We started a 40 day reading journey on Ash Wednesday. The goal was to read through the New Testament. It seemed very ambitious and it was. Yet, we have now gotten to Holy Week and we are wrapping up the last few days of reading and it feels good.
Holy Week has seemed to fly by sine I have been a pastor. It is a series of worship services that are all meaningful and powerful and I often get to “Easter Monday” and wonder where the time went. I want this year to be different. I want to really take each day and take time to be present with God and remember what it all means.
It seems as if there is no better way to prepare for just that on the Monday of Easter week than the readings for today, especially 1 particular verse.
1 John 3:16:
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
This is in fact what Holy Week is all about. The love of Jesus for us. It is that love that enabled him to lay down his life for people who mocked, scorned, and reviled him. It is this love that sets the stage for this week. Love like that changes and changed the world.
I have often focused on the first part of that verse and that is especially so during Holy Week but today the second part really struck me; and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
This is a bold statement and a heavy one to wrestle with. Lay down my life for you? Sometimes, I don’t even want to be in the same room with you and yet there it is. Holy Week is our time to remember that Jesus did what we could never do on our own; make us right with God. For me, this means that love in which Jesus shows and demonstrates for us I need to show to others every day. I did to be intentional and consistent. I don’t get to pick and choose when and to whom I show that love.
My prayer today is that I can find a way each day to show that radical love to someone. The love that changed everything.
We are in Day 35 of a 40 day read through the New Testament challenge today. The 40 days of readings are listed below.
***End Note ***
40 Days of Reading
Day 1 – Ash Wednesday
Thursday Day 2 – Mark 5-8
Friday Day 3 Mark 9-12
Saturday Day 4 Mark 13-16
Monday Day 5 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Tuesday Day 6 Galatians
Wednesday Day 7 Philippians & Colossians
Thursday Day 8 Philemon & Ephesians
Friday Day 9 Matthew 1-7
Saturday Day 10 Matthew 8-12
Monday Day 11 Matthew 13-18
Tuesday Day 12 Matthew 19-24
Day 13 Wednesday Matthew 25-28
Thursday Day 14 1 Corinthians 1-9
Friday Day 15 1 Corinthians 10-16
Saturday Day 16 2 Corinthians 1-13
Monday Day 17 Romans 1-8
Tuesday Day 18 Romans 9-16
Wednesday Day 19 Luke 1-3
Thursday Day 20 Luke 4-7
Friday Day 21 Luke 8-11
Saturday Day 22 Luke 12-16
Monday Day 23 Luke 17-21
Tuesday Day 24 Luke 22-24
Wednesday Day 25 Acts 1-6
Thursday Day 26 Acts 7-10
Friday Day 27 Acts 11-16
Saturday Day 28 Acts 17-22
Monday Day 29 Monday Day 29 Acts 23-28
Tuesday Day 30 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus
Wednesday Day 31 Hebrews 1-10
Thursday Day 32 Hebrews 11-13 & James
Friday Day 33 Revelation 1-11
Day 34 Revelation 12-22
Today Monday Day 35 1 & 2 & 3 John & Jude
Tuesday Day 36 1 & 2 Peter
Wednesday Day 37 John 1-5
Thursday Day 38 John 6-10
Friday Day 39 John 11-16
Saturday Day 40 John 17-21