Ah, the beginning of spring break has finally arrived. Ten consecutive days with no school, which means that I can get caught up on the rest of life that I have been putting on the back burner. Ten days to get caught up on some things around the house, get caught up on grad homework, get caught up on grading. Ten days to recharge my batteries. Teachers all around have been looking forward for this time to reset the system to make the final charge to the end of the school year.
We have almost reached the much anticipated time of the Resurrection. Before we get to that amazing day, we first have to go through the darkness that was the arrest, beating, and crucifixion. Today, we must walk through the valley of the shadow of death in order to get to the summit of Jesus overcoming death. I wonder, while going through all of the pain and turmoil of the 24 hours between the Passover meal and his final breath, if Jesus had Psalm 23 in mind. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Those would be reassuring words to know that, as bleak as the situation may have been, that His Father was with him through it all.
One thing that strikes me in the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion, is all of the different times that people, including Jesus’ disciples, were waiting for Jesus to call down the angels to put an end to all of his suffering and to restore Israel with the mighty powers of heaven. There was Peter with the sword and the Roman soldier’s ear in the garden. The high priests during his trial and at Calvary mocked him and called for him to call down the angels to take away his suffering. But Jesus trusted in the will of his Father, and not the will of humanity.
Today we go through a valley in the remembering of the human suffering and death of Jesus. But we await the celebration of His resurrection, victory over death, the peak, on the other side of that dark valley.