For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17 NIV
That the World Might Be Saved
In any list of the nations of the world, Canada always ranks near the top. It recently ranked number one in starting a career and number two in transparency, and as a place to headquarter a corporation. In the recent US News and World Report, Canada ranked third in the world. The article says, “Canada is a high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living. Trade agreements in the 1980s and 1990s dramatically bolstered trade with the U.S., and now the country is a significant exporter of energy, food and minerals.”
This is what the Christian Church has long called Holy Week. It started yesterday with the celebration of Jesus’ jubilant entrance into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday. It will end next Sunday with the far greater celebration of His resurrection. So, throughout this week, we will focus on some of the events that the Bible records taking place between these two monumental events. On this day after Palm Sunday, let’s answer the most important question – why? Why all the events that took place on this week two millennia ago? The answer is found in what is arguably the most beloved of all verses in the Bible, and verse that follows, John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Jesus came to offer to every man, woman and child on the planet, the opportunity to have their sins forgiven and to walk in victory. Every event in the next seven days will lead to this.
These have been words from the heart.