I’ve been thinking of what I can do to prepare for this weekend, during which we remember and celebrate (and boy, should we celebrate!) the Cross and Resurrection. Those are the things by which God, in Jesus Christ, made peace with sinful mankind and now offers forgiveness and restoration to any and all who want it.
I’m participating in Lent for the first time, and I co-hosted a Seder. But the most important thing I can think of to prepare yourself for this weekend is this:
To make the most of Holy Week, come to terms with the fact that you yourself are unholy.
Understand that, for all your life, you haven’t understood and that you yourself have fallen disastrously short of the standard of love by which you have measured the lives of other people.
Until you get to that step, you won’t see the Cross and Resurrection as events that actually means anything to you. Because Jesus didn’t die for good people.
But once you get there, cry out for mercy. Don’t let the weight of your depravity keep you from asking for Jesus. He won’t hesitate to embrace you. Because Jesus died for people like me and you.