Buckle Up! Next Stop, The Cross
How are you doing today? Did you do anything fun and exciting since we last met? Since the last time we met, I have been thinking about something that I usually don’t think about. I was thinking about driving. Are any of you ready to drive? To go exploring on your own behind the steering wheel of your favorite car? What is your favorite car or dream car that you want to get when you get older? (a Lamborghini, Ferrari, a truck…) I have always wanted to get a Camaro so I could name it Bumble Bee from the “Transformer” movies!
Thinking about driving, I have been legally driving for ten years! That’s longer than some of you have been alive! In those ten years, I have taken several road trips, had to fix my first car, bought a new car, learned to drive a 15 passenger van, picked up kids and took them to school, been to a drive-in movie theater, and have gotten stuck in snow. I have had many adventures over these past ten years of driving. I am looking forward to the many more adventures to come!
While thinking about adventures and driving, I realized that this coming Wednesday, we as a church and followers of Jesus, will be getting ready to go on an adventure: we will be driving to the cross were Jesus died for our sins. This Wednesday begins the Easter Season. This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Do any of you know what Ash Wednesday is? You’re right, Ash Wednesday is when you get ashes! But it’s also a day when we are reminded of our creation and death. The Pastor normally says, “From dust you came and to dust you shall return.” This is a reminder that Jesus will always be with us, and by receiving ashes, we are marked with a seal of protection–like when we put on our seatbelt in the car.
So, on Wednesday, we begin our driving adventure through the Easter Season by receiving a sign of protection. On the way we will have supper with Jesus, pray with Jesus in a garden, travel with Jesus to the palace of Pilate, be outside the room when Jesus is questioned, witness Jesus carry the cross and take his last breath, and we will finally park at the tomb where we will see Jesus dressed in white and shining with glory. This will be a driving excursion of a lifetime! I hope you are ready! Buckle up because this is going to be a wild ride to the cross.
Your Friend, Holy Spirit!
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