What a time this is in the life of everyone. We have not experienced this before in most of our lives and so we have no pattern to fall back to in order to deal with things. I cannot think of a time when the church was unable to gather for Easter but here we are. However, remember that the church is not a building-the church is everybody that calls upon the Lord as Savior. I have seen things on Facebook that says “Church buildings might be empty on Easter but so is the grave” and that is the important part. We are the church, filled with the Holy Spirit, the presence of God Himself and we should celebrate the empty tomb no matter where we are or what is going on in life.
Since we are unable to be together this Holy week, I am going to share a daily scripture reading that is either a prophecy Jesus fulfilled during this time or a passage dealing with what Jesus did during this week. May you be blessed as you study the Word this week.
John 12:1-11
Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.