Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, as we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As the week unfolds, we’ll follow Jesus’ path from that celebrative mood through his poignant last night with his disciples (Maundy Thursday), his death on the cross (Good Friday), on to the amazing joy of his resurrection (Easter Sunday). Through it all, Jesus himself is the center of our thoughts and our worship – the man who was God, unique in all of human history, uniquely able to be our Savior and Lord.
We remember on Palm Sunday how Jesus entered Jerusalem in a procession worthy of a king. The crowd asked, “Who is this?”, wondering who would dare to make such a display in the face of the Roman authorities. The answer to this question unfolds for us in a dramatic fashion over Holy Week, as we walk with Jesus along his journey to the cross.
Moving from shame to healing can be the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, we must do the difficult work of forgiveness–forgiving our shamers and forgiving ourselves. On the other side, we find the power to take ownership and live in the lightness of grace.
We dig even deeper into how God’s grace becomes real for us as we remind ourselves of some central Gospel truths about the nature of God’s love. Pastor Fred wraps up this series by sharing four personal experiences and key Biblical truths on the way from shame to joy. This message series may have taken us to some dark places along the way – but it ends in a place full of light and joy.