Dear Wesleyan Family,
The emotions of Holy Week should feel even more familiar to us in our current condition and the reality of the world in which we live. For Jesus and his disciples, it was a week filled with constant change, and sweeping emotions that left many feeling exhausted, disillusioned, and questioning their beliefs. In less than a week, Jesus went from a hero to a branded criminal, sentenced to death. And while Jesus experienced the brutality of the Cross on Friday, the empty grave of Sunday morning not only punctuated Jesus’ defeat of sin and death, it should fill us with the hope that Jesus is ultimately victorious, even in the darkest days when everything seems to be falling apart.
What must the disciples have been thinking between Friday’s crucifixion and Sunday morning’s resurrection? We can only imagine the doubt, the questions, the abandonment, and the fear that they felt. And yet, the story ends with Jesus coming to the disciples, meeting them where they were, to bring them hope, renew their belief, and claim his victory. Let’s never forget that the Jesus of the resurrection is the same Jesus we follow today. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever!
This week, Holy Week, our calendar calls for some time away from school to provide space and margin for us to celebrate Easter. We believe it is important to maintain these holidays for two reasons. First, everyone could use a break from distance learning and the computer. Second, it is our hope that families will use this time to reflect on the sacrificial death of our Savior on the Cross and his glorious resurrection from the grave...continue reading here