How are you feeling about Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, even Easter this year? In a day and age that is so saturated with media, advertisements, and high profile events, have you paused a moment to consider how your heart is doing? When we do not pause in our lives to be present to the Lord, it becomes easy to get swept up in the pace and things happening all around us. Even if they are wonderful or good things. This is a striking moment in the church calendar to give us a chance to slow down and be more intentional. For those of us who observe Lent, this whole season is a preparation leading up to the arrest, death and burial of Jesus Christ, and then the unfathomable, unimaginable bodily resurrection of Christ three days later.
Over the years, I myself have been in different places mentally, spiritually, and maybe even physically around this time of year. Today, as we reflect on what Christ himself has gone through, we take the time to locate ourselves again in space around the crucifixion and then expectancy of resurrection to come.
This also means paying attention to where you are emotionally and personally as you approach Jesus. In the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before Jesus is arrested, Jesus is fully aware of what will soon happen. In anguish, he waits in prayer with His Father, crying out, ““My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39, NIV). He brings all of His emotions to the Father, “sorrowful and troubled,” even turning to those who are with Him saying, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (Matthew 26:37-38). He desperately needs this encounter with God, His Father. In His desperation, He sits with the One who is with Him. His own Father. Jesus knows He can trust Him. Even if the answer to His pain and suffering is not what Jesus would be able to endure. It was to His Father that He turned.
Warfare is truly done on ones’ knees.