Holy Week Light in the Darkness of COVID-19

HOLY WEEK 2020

A pandemic is the perfect backdrop for Holy Week. The first Holy Week followed a series of horrific plagues and began with God’s people fleeing in haste. On this Holy Week of 2020, let’s join Jesus at some of the pivotal moments of His week.  Often in those passages, we see the burden on Jesus’ heart: He was troubled, anxious in heart. Emotions are part of the human experience. So, as we enter into this holy time with hearts made vulnerable by COVID-19, let us share in the ‘sufferings of Christ’ and yet rejoice knowing our passage to the Promised Land is paid! 

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Jesus’ friends at Bethany were an integral part of His Holy Week.  There, he spent time with those who knew Him best: His disciples and Martha, Mary and Lazarus. In an act of love and deep understanding of Jesus’ assignment, Mary ‘prepared His body for burial.’ Her anointing of Jesus revealed a depth of understanding most missed. The miracle resurrection of her brother led Mary to a deep awareness of Jesus as the resurrection and the life. She understood that believing in Him was life itself. Her belief ‘filled the house’ with a sweet aroma.

In contrast to Mary’s understanding, the hardness of the Pharisees led them to another conclusion: ‘It is better one man die for the nation.’ Just as greed drove Judas, power and control dictated the hearts of the religious. The aroma of death emanates from hard hearts in the same circumstances where an aroma of life exudes from a faith-filled heart.

Mary’s understanding must have been a precious balm to Jesus. Receiving her loving sacrifice even as Judas’ greedy condemnation of Mary’s act pierced his ears: ‘What a waste!” Although, Jesus put no trust in humanity, He felt the warmth of shared love and the pain of betrayal. 

As he descended the Mount of Olives on the way to Jerusalem, he paused and wept over the city below. He wept for the blindness that prevented true peace for the precious people below. He wept for the very people who, in just five short days, would be screaming, “Crucify Him!” On this day, though, Jesus came into a city singing His praises. A city hailing Him as King and welcoming Him. 

They missed the significance of the donkey He chose to ride upon. Jesus announced Himself as a King who comes in peace. They saw in Jesus what they really wanted: a deliverer from Roman rule.  An earthly focus blinded them to eternal victory. It is the danger we all face when looking at Jesus.

As this Holy Week begins, consider:

  • Are you enjoying those closest to you on your journey through life? How has COVID-19 helped you appreciate loved ones more?
  • When have you worshiped Jesus as something you wanted…and not necessarily for Who He is? How did Jesus heal your blindness in that time?
  • Do you weep over the lost in your community? Do you weep over those who reject you?

Why note choose one of Bible passages to read aloud as a family?

Matthew 21:1–11, Mark 11:1–11, Luke 19:28–44, and John 12:12–19

7 thoughts on “Holy Week Light in the Darkness of COVID-19

  1. Where do you get it from that “Jesus put no trust in humanity”, He felt the warmth of shared love and the pain of betrayal, but he was also convinced that God would look at his sacrificial offering and hoped He would accept it, but also believed that mattered because he trusted also that many of humanity would come to accept him as the way to God. So Jesus had hope in humanity and trusted in the fact that though many would do everything they could to get people away from the teachings of Christ, many would follow him and put away all those false human doctrines (like the trinity) and would not any more keep to false traditions and false ways of worship and heathen traditions and rites (like Christmas, Easter, a.o.) bu would come to follow the God-given holy days.

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    1. My heart was referring back to John 2:24 (But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people.) NLT.

      I would submit that He KNEW God would accept His offering. Jesus was fully man and fully God. His trust was in the Father, not in His own works as man. He trusted in the Father’s plan to deliver those who would trust in Jesus Christ as Deliverer.

      I hope that clarifies that. Blessings!

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      1. When Jesus was fully man and fully God he would always have known everything and always would have done his own will. From Scripture we know that God Who never tells lies, declared Jesus to be His beloved son. Jeus never claimed to be God neither to know everything but said clearly only God could know everything. Him not being God as such therefore also could not tell when the end times would come. He even could not say when he would return. In case Jesus would be God then he told not the truth and as such would have told lies.

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  2. We obviously have differing opinions. My studies of the Word align me with interpretations of Jesus as fully human and fully God with Him willingly surrendering/restraining some of His divine powers. I believe in the Trinity and celebrate both His birth and His resurrection. Please feel free to private message me, if you like but I won’t argue or debate. That is never to God’s glory. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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