Listening to NPR a few days ago, they referred to this week as the holiest week of the Christian year. The more formal elements of our Christian world observe the elements of this week with ritual and reverence. Living in the southern United States, dominated by born again protestantism, this week does not stand out on the calendar as a holy week. Some schools close on Good Friday but work does not stop for much of society. Even those who take the time from school or work usually engage in more hustle and bustle, with Easter egg hunts, family gatherings and Easter feasts.
We “born agains” argue that we celebrate Easter everyday in our prayers and our worship and our quiet times. Maybe so, but just because we appreciate someone every day does not preclude us from pausing the flow of our daily lives to contemplate and celebrate.
We are closing for the weekend here at one21music. If you came to watch some videos or catch-up on American Idol, welcome. We encourage to take the few minutes you set aside enjoy the world that is being created by Christian musicians to contemplate Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter.
Everyone of our lives changed forever on this weekend so many century ago. We were all changed by the love of a God who refused to give up on us and the courage of a man who was willing to stand up and suffer the horrors of eternal sin for us.
The Passion of Easter
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.