"A lot can change in four weeks." Using that often-forgotten fact, I was encouraged about post-graduation life.
Of all weeks to be reminded of that small fact, Holy Week. The time of the year when we remember Christ's warm welcome, final meal, prayerful agony, betrayal, sacrifice, lonely death, and wonderful resurrection.
A lot can change in a week.
On the day now commemorated as Palm Sunday, Christ was warmly welcomed as He entered Jerusalem.
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”
At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
Of course, the next week the same crowd shouted for the death of the same Christ.
As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw [Jesus], they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”
A lot can change in a week. A lot can change in four weeks. The challenges that seem overwhelming this week may seem petty next week. Things you rejoice in this week could be devestating next week. And neither is too big for our God to handle.
Take peace in that this week as you remember when God defeated the biggest problem (sin) in the most humiliating, agonizing way (a criminal's death).