I was asked by a Pastor to share what the Holy Week meant to me. This is what I wrote to her:

Holy Week forces me to focus. It brings the Gospel to reality. God speaks to us through His Word from Genesis to Revelations.

But from the beginning of time to Eternity, EVERYTHING hinged upon the Holy Week. He rode into Jerusalem on Sunday knowing what was going to happen. Monday to Wednesday, he carried on with His Father’s work. On Thursday, was His Last Supper. He served His disciples, even the one who betrayed Him.

Then He went to Gethsemane. Gethsemane is particularly moving for me. Here, His humanity was most harrowing. He could have said no. He had the option. He chose obedience.

Gethsemane changed everything. It changed history. It changed my life.

On Friday, I crucified Him.

On Sunday, God raised Him.

He won. I lost.

What did He do then? He brought me into the winning team.

Holy Week is the entire Bible, entire creation, and eternity brought into focus. Holy Week makes Jesus real to me. Holy Week brings me to me to tears.

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Working on my church’s Easter production, I’ve had to get back into the scriptures and read the accounts of Jesus’ last week before his crucifixion.

Amazing Grace.

We say Amazing Grace. And yes, we mean it. But once we suppose that we truly understand Amazing Grace, we don’t.

What Amazing Grace is to me, it is not to you.

What Amazing Grace meant to me in the past pales in comparison to what it means to me now.

We increase in our understanding of Amazing Grace as we are sanctified.

But of this I am certain. Once we presume to fully understand Amazing Grace, we don’t.

And this one thing I’m convinced of. We will never truly understand the extent of His Amazing Grace this side of eternity.

So, Lord, tutor me and increase my understanding of your Love.

Your Amazing Grace.

I started blogging in January 2006. On April 13th 2006, I had a really simple blog post about Easter. When I say really simple, I mean really, really simple. Take a look at the post here.

There are two interesting things about this post. Firstly, as simple as it was, it has become one of the top posts on Lemniscates are Forever over time. The second thing is even more interesting. Let me share with you the stats for this particular post:

April 2006: 900+

April 2007: 471

The Whole of 2008: 8

Feb/March 2009 (to date): 991

Isn’t that interesting? When I first blogged it, there was a spike. I had no idea there was such a high degree of interest in Easter. I have no way of knowing who these visitors were. The second year, during the Easter period, there was another resurgence of interest and I saw this post getting 471 hits. OK, it was a year later, so not bad. Still interested in Easter but presumably 12 months later, this particular post was already old and there were more choices so my hits would come down.

Then the whole of 2008, no interest.  At all. Well, not during the Easter period. Interestingly the whole year saw 8 hits on this post, all in November leading up to Christmas.

But look at 2009. A sudden resurgence! Easter is not upon us yet and to date, there has been 991 clicks to this post. 204 in Feb and 787 (so far) in April.

Is there a correlation between the crisis state of the world and the interest in Easter?

After all, Easter is a message of Hope.

Since it seems to be of such interest, I’ll blog about what Easter means to me personally in a separate post rather than make this one too lengthy.

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1 Peter 1:3 (NASB)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead