I BELIEVE in the history-making, world-changing drama of Holy Week.

Palm Sunday – with its short-lived “hosannas” – through to Resurrection Day – with its sensational miracle – are emblazoned forever in my heart and mind, as the climax of the Jesus story. At the core is the grotesque spectacle of the Cross, instrument of torture and death – emblem of suffering and shame – following the gross miscarriage of human justice, which eventuated in the death of an innocent man by crucifixion.

Yet I BELIEVE unashamedly, and without apology, in the Cross, as God’s master-plan to remedy our human rebellion. By means of the Cross, Jesus, the Holy One, became a sin offering, atoning for our sin and our sins, and making peace with an offended God.  Pastor and theologian, John Stott describes Jesus’ death as “the self-substitution of God” – citing that God was IN Christ (Who is God, the Son) reconciling the world to Himself.

I thought of this ‘acrostic’ the other day (hence my ‘title’ for this musing) and decided to add it to a powerful  image, graphically representing my personal faith in the message of the Cross:

Now, here’s a hymn which also encapsulates that message – considered by some as foolishness, but by all who are saved, revealing both the wisdom and power of God:

Man of sorrows what a name

For the Son of God who came

Ruined sinners to reclaim


Bearing shame and scoffing rude

In my place condemned He stood

Sealed my pardon with His blood


Guilty, vile and helpless we

Spotless Lamb of God was He

“Full atonement” can it be


Lifted up was He to die

“It is finished” was His cry

Now in heaven exalted high

Little wonder that at the end of each verse we sing exultantly:  “HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOUR !”

See link below for a rendition of the hymn:


Oh, yes – also I BELIEVE that the crucified Christ defeated death, miraculously rose again on the third day, and lives forever – as Lord and Saviour of all who place their trust in Him.

So far as I’m concerned, that’s good news, and worth getting excited about.

Have a blessed Easter-time !