Back in the day, my favorite week in school was pep rally week. Pep rally week was a signal to me that the work was done and the celebration began. Before pep rally week, my friends and I worked all summer.
We gathered over the summer at various houses and painted vertical pep rally signs, on hot driveways. Some signs were made to hang from the gym ceiling and HUGE run-through signs were made to hold while the football team enter the football field on Friday nights. We spent one week during the summer learning new chants and cheers to teach our hometown. We practiced building human pyramids on our shoulders in the city pool during the afternoons. We fell in the water again and again.
When the summer came to a close and school began, it was time for the first pep rally. At the pep rally, we gave it our best. We yelled. We jumped. We nailed our human pyramid. We smiled. The spirit of the school and the town grew week after week. The football players felt like heroes and we were all ready for the competition.
Holy Week is like a pep rally week for Christians. For the past forty days, we have prepared. We looked for signs of selfishness, sin, and doubt. We discovered our deep need for forgiveness and grace. We unplugged, fasted, prayed, discerned and listened. We remembered the final act of death on a cross so that we can find hope in our darkness. We patiently waited.
When the sun comes up on Sunday, let us cheer. Hallelujah! Let us lift up the Spirit. Our helper. Our advocate. Let us paint signs all around us for others to see. Signs of love, hope and peace. Let us see Jesus in unexpected places. Testimony. Sunrise. Stillness. When the sun comes up on Sunday (and every day), Jesus is our hero and we are ready for the competition.
Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” Matthew 27:54
From our Happy Easter Tent to Yours,