My grandfather would have greeted me this morning shouting Christo aneste! (Χριστός ἀνέστη, Christ Is Risen!) expecting me to respond Alithos aneste! (Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη, He Is Risen Indeed)! This Greek Orthodox greeting echoes in some form or fashion all over the world this Easter morning. Matt Maher invites us to ask where is death’s victory today?
Where is your victory, Death?
Where is your sting, Death?
(1 Corinthians 15:55 CEB)
What new thing is God birthing in you today? Where is Jesus showing up in the midst of your life offering grace-filled possibility?
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what had just happened, they were filled with awe and said, “This was certainly God’s Son” (Matthew 27:54 CEB).
By day or by night, there are moments when Psalm 22 is our cry.
Relationships often take place around a table and over a meal.
What words do you remember from an important meal time in your life?
Earl Malatt once offered this question from Jesus: “Are ye able said the Master, to be crucified with me?”
Are you a sturdy dreamer, a realistic player, pragmatic actor, or …?
Then he said to them, “I’m very sad. It’s as if I’m dying. Stay here and keep alert with me (Matthew 26:38 CEB).
Jesus clear our temples for worship in this Holy Week!
On Palm Sunday:
Joy suddenly turns to sorrow; exaltation to defeat, hosannas to “Crucify him!”
Within the very liturgy of Palm Sunday the tension is evident; traditionally, it is the only day with two Gospel readings—the enervating triumphal entry, and the tragic narrative of crucifixion. Palms turn to passion. It is the way God has designed it, for he “did not count equality with God something to be grasped.”
I am using my YouVersion Bible app for my Holy Week reflections. As I looked over the possibilities I noticed the folks at The Artist Bible. Enjoy their work this week and pay attention to what the political challenge of Jesus in our day might have been like for Jesus.