Easter, Passover, Lent, and Palm Sunday, are all ways the Christian church has used to highlight the events that preceded the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This week has also been referred to as holy week. From a youth I would question the term holy week as from my biblical observations and training, the word of God limits what is defined as holy.
Such a hallowed title would seem to me to require more than just a human or organizational decision. It requires a holy Source to authorize a holy designation. Only a holy God can pronounce something ‘Holy’. For example, God is defined as Holy, tithes are defined as holy, and the weekly Sabbath is defined as holy. These are ascribed the designation ‘Holy’ because God made them holy.
While I personally am very respectful of the commemoration of the death of Christ, the word of God instructs me specifically how I should demonstrate respect for it. Firstly, in 1 Corinthians 11, Paul writes, “For I received from the Lord the teaching that I passed on to you…every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.” Today we obey this command through the ordinance of communion until Christ returns.
Secondly we are reminded to commemorate Christ’s death by being baptized. Colossians 2:12 states “…having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.”
Baptism performed from a biblical perspective, through submersion, is a symbolism of being buried as Christ was buried, dying to self and being resurrected to newness of life. Other forms of baptism do not allow for this imagery and hence does not meet the biblical requirement.
On this weekend when the world pauses to commemorate the death, rest and resurrection of Christ, the best way for you to show appreciation for His ultimate sacrifice is to give your life to Christ, following with a literal baptism if you have not already done so. Additionally, whenever possible participate in the full service of the ordinance of humility and the ordinance of the Lords supper as instituted by Christ just before his death.
As a matter of fact Jesus told Peter if he could not participate in these ordinaries with Him, he Peter would not qualify to be a part of His eternal Kingdom.
I am grateful for another opportunity to be washed in the blood of the lamb today, and I invite all my fellow Bahamians and people of all backgrounds to try Christ and watch Him transform your life. I am a testimony and I recommend Him wholeheartedly to you today.
Have a spirit filled and blessed weekend.
Article By: Paul A. Scavella,President, South Bahamas Conference