A Lot Can Happen in 7 Days
A few churches have been posting on Facebook a meme “A lot can happen in 7 days” with images from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the resurrection of Jesus seven days later.
1 Corinthians 15
In this period, the most significant events of all history transpire.
Palm Sunday— Jesus is proclaimed the saviour “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.” “Hosanna to the Son of David.” Prophecy is fulfilled as he rides in on a donkey.
Last Supper— the King becomes a servant as he washes his disciples feet and shares with them. He personalises the Passover meal where he becomes the lamb, foretelling he will be broken and his blood shed. He asks them to eat and drink, to take into themselves the gift he is about to bring.
The Crown of Thorns— the so-called King of the Jews. Jesus was taunted and mocked by the soldiers, by the religious leaders and by the crowd. Beaten and whipped, a crown of thorns placed upon his head—the painful earthly symbol of his identity.
The Three Crosses— crucified with two criminals, Jesus surrenders to the will of the Father to achieve the salvation of the world. Here our sin will be placed upon him. Here he will be pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. In the magnitude of Jesus saving all of creation, he also has time to save a man. One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus gives himself to the Messiah and join him that day in paradise.
The Resurrection— the victory over death is won. The gospel has been fulfilled. The promise of eternal life is lived in Jesus’ resurrection. He reigns at the right hand of the Father and everything has been put under his feet.
This Easter, may we rejoice, remember and live for him.