Holy Week – don’t be anxious just be ready.
In Holy Week I would like to bring you one small passage from each chapter leading up to Easter day. (After this week I will be returning to again read through the chapters in more detail).
In the first century marriages were arranged but the girl did have a choice.
The father of the bride would agree with the father of the groom and there would be an engagement celebration.
At that celebration the groom would offer the bride a cup of wine but she could reject it or accept it indicating her acceptance of the marriage offer.
If she says YES then the groom makes a speech
The groom would say “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14 v2-4)
The groom goes back home and begins to build an additional room onto his father house. This is their future marital home. He doesn’t know when it will be finished as the final day is with his father. His father may have many sons and so there are many rooms developed onto the original house.
Then the day comes and the father says to the groom the room is ready, go and get your bride.
How will the groom know when he approaches the bride’s house which is her room?
He will know because she has filled her lamp with oil each night and set it in the window.
He comes to gather her and there is a procession back to their new home.
Jesus uses this analogy that everyone knew to bring security to the disciple’s future, to deal with anxiety over death.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me, v1.
As I write this I am aware that death has become the talking point for so many. I think of loved ones I have lost also those that are struggling right now in hospitals and homes. For those who belong to Christ and who trust God there is no fear in death. For it isn’t death that comes but the groom of God, Jesus Christ. Today is another day of making sure you have oil in your lamp and that it is burning for Christ.