Posted by Peggy Utley

Some call it passion Sunday while others refer to it as Palm Sunday. As we gather for worship next Sunday we are in the sixth week of lent. It is the  beginning of Holy Week, the week of Jesus crucifixion and the week before Easter and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Without a doubt the Holy Week is the most important week in the Christian Calendar. What happened in that one week defines Christianity. No other religion can claim a crucified and risen Lord. The fact that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day sets Christianity apart from all other faiths.

In this day of pluralistic religions with each separate tradition calling for followers, it is no wonder that there is confusion in the minds of many. Which religion is the right one?

The answer to that question might be found in looking at the difference between Christianity and other religious traditions. Early in my ministry it was revealed to me that religion can be defined as “man searching for God.” But Christianity is distinct in that it can be defined as “God searching for man”. While most religions are sincere attempts to connect with a higher being or power only in Christianity do you see God taking the initiative to connect with man.

From Genesis to Revelation the Bible records a history of God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. From Abraham to Jesus, God is shown as one who reaches out to mankind desiring a personal, transforming relationship with each one of us.

As we celebrate the uniqueness of Christianity, let us give thanks to God that “while we were yet sinners, Christ Died for us” and rose again giving us assurance of eternal life.

In His Love,

Charles