In case you haven’t heard, honoring Jesus during this holy season is not canceled. In fact, the Lion who overcame the world is laying low these next several days.
But He will rise. Oh yes, He will rise.
Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals” (Revelation 5:5).
Over the past couple Lenten seasons, I have found it incredibly difficult to wait through Holy Week. It is almost agonizing as I know the tomb is empty. Victory lives in me. Something about Jesus is always on my lips. Praise, thanks, His truth, His love … If He leads, I will shout from rooftops.
I cannot remain silent.
The Lion will rise in me.
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight, what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs (Matthew 10:27).
However, this year Holy Week is shroud with cancellations and no-gathering mandates. Grandparents are not supposed to see or hug their grandchildren. Families are required to stay put. Smaller church leaders are struggling to serve their congregations with transitions to online meeting.
Take heart, dear ones.
“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. But I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:32-33).
The Lion will rise in us.
While we wait, along with Jesus and His disciples, let’s turn our focus from plagues, pestilences, and extreme precautions.
I didn’t say abandon those thoughts. Keep prayers rolling. For the devil is prowling around casting doubt and fear into the most faith-full of hearts.
Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man (Luke 12:36).
In the above verse, Luke shares Jesus words about end times approaching.
Oddly, these words apply to us in this very season.
We need to resist the devil and all his lies about why Palm Sunday is a lost cause.
Keep watch with your spiritual eyes wide open.
How can His Word teach us to remain standing through this test AND finish our metaphorical walk to the cross AND stand firm in 100% belief when others run after the Crucifixion?
If we focus on the Gospels’ celebration of Jesus the King and not the world’s definition of Easter, will we strengthen ourselves in Him for this plague situation AND for when Jesus returns?
I pray God reveals answers to these questions as you join me to focus on the Gospel of John.
Beginning tomorrow April 1st at 10am Eastern time, I will go live on Facebook to read/ discuss Scripture and to lead short meditations on Jesus Himself. Tomorrow’s passages are John 17:20-26, John 18:1-14. It will be helpful to read them beforehand.
I will be live then again this Friday, April 3 at 10a
Monday, April 6 at 10a
Wednesday, April 8 at 10a
Friday, April 10 at 10a
Draw near with me to Our Jesus in this holy time: Go to and follow https://Facebook.com/jdibble4Him. Share this invitation with anyone whom you know is longing for Lenten services. There are many.
I look forward to spending time with you, as best we can right now.
As always, feel free to email me with thoughts, questions or prayer requests.
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Love in Christ,