Happy Holy Week!
That almost sounds strange to say, but someone said that to me this morning…so why not? I know Holy Week is about the last week of Jesus life; about his arrest, trial, beating, crucifixion and death. But through all of that we get to celebrate his resurrection and the victory Jesus gives us:
Death has been swallowed up in victory!
Where O death is thy victory?
Where O death is thy sting?
The sting of death is sin,
and the power of sin is the Law;
but thanks be to God for giving us the victory,
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:54-57)
So…Happy Holy Week…
To kick off Holy Week each year, I have been showing the movie, The Passion of the Christ. Yesterday marks the fourth year in a row we have done this. Each year we get new people to come and watch; usually only around 8 to 15 people. Last night we had 9. This year I sent an email to the churches in town inviting people to come and of the 9 that came last night 5 were from other churches. One particular couple stands out though. I can’t remember their names right now, but the wife is legally blind. I see this woman around town and have talked to her a few times so I think she can still see a little. But when I walked into the Fellowship Hall last night I was surprised to see her there with her husband. After the movie got going they realized that there were subtitles and she could not see well enough to read them. I started feeling bad for her. Then I heard something that made me smile and gave me goose bumps…her husband started reading the subtitles and read every single line to her throughout the whole 2 hour plus movie. Every once in a while he had to describe a scene to her and which character was there and/or speaking. It was a really amazing display of love AND ministry. There are so many things we take for granted. The reading of the lines was not at all distracting…actually…it added to the movie for me.
After the movie we had a time of discussion and this woman participated. She enjoyed the movie and thought is was very moving (even though she can’t see as well as you and I). In addition to watching the events of Jesus life and death unfold, I got to experience the love of a husband telling the Passion Story to his wife. I will never forget that night because in a way, I got to experience first hand one way the “passion of Jesus” is displayed and showed to people. It is one thing to say that Jesus loves you and he died for you, but it quite another to display that love in your life. This husband did that last night (and I am sure every other day in their lives).
I have seen this movie at least a half a dozen times and each time I get something new out of it. Last night…I experienced something new…and for that I thank God.
I hope and pray you have a blessed Holy Week as we celebrate the victory won for us through Jesus death and resurrection. God bless!