Holy Week & Meditations on Radical Grace


Last year, on Palm Sunday, I got the privilege to deliver a little message to a group of men at the prison ministry my church does each month. I ended up building off of that message and its outline and writing a series of blog posts meditating on Holy Week and the radical, scandalous grace inherent in the story and actions of Jesus over those days. For your mediation this year over Holy Week, I wanted to post these links for your perusal and, hopefully, your blessing.

The Scandal of Holy Week

{i} the forsaking of God | In this post, we meditate on the fact that Holy Week was the week-long process by which everything–from humanity to creation to God Himself— forsakes Jesus. We see that true disciples are not those that never forsake Jesus. In fact, we will all forsake Jesus in radical ways at some point.

{ii} the Grace of Jesus | We look out how, even in the face of such radical forsaking by all around him, Jesus’ consistent response to every forsaking thing around him is complete, radical, unquestioning, undemanding, unfettered Grace.

{iii} the limits of Grace? | Here we quesiton our usual assumptions about grace. Sure, we talk a good game about grace, but do we actually get it? We look at all the ways we subtly and quietly put limits on grace in how we functionally relate to ourselves and others and sin.

{iv} the restoration of disciples | We’ve talked about how everyone that takes the name of Christ will, at some point, be a disciple who has forsaken Jesus. What is the process by which unfaithful disciples are restored to Jesus? What are practical ways we can come back to Christ if we are currently in that season, and what are some practical ways we can strengthen and prepare ourselves for when that time comes?

{v} conclusion & benediction | Some final exhortations to help manage our expectations in this process, as well as a benediction and prayer to help us all.

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