The Cast of the Holy Dance: Jesus ………………….. Lead Dancer/Star/King/Messiah/Son of David/Christ Disciples …….…….…….. Learners/Instructors Crowd ………………..…… Participants Audience …………………. Spectators Religious Authority…… Chief Priests/Teachers of the Law Act 2: Jesus Clears the Temple (Holy Monday) Matthew 21: 12-22, John 2:13-17 (Also found in Mark 11:15-19, and Luke 19:45-48) Act 2 […]
Devotional Series for Holy Week in 2021
Thousands of years have been leading up to this week and yet by the time Resurrection Sunday arrives, we see that no one (except maybe Mary, the Mother of God) had a clue as to what was happening.
Instead of recalling thousands of years, maybe we should just focus on the past few weeks.
Pastor Lonnie was given a beautiful sequence of Words to share with us that have provided a firm foundation for the Holy Dance we have been dancing with Jesus. The dance He longs for us to keep dancing. The dance that leads to Victory over Sin & Death.
Oops, I may have just told you the climax of the dance. Oh wait, you already knew that, didn’t you?
(You'll find all of the sermons leading up to this week on our YouTube Channel.)
A dance often begins with an invitation to dance. At the beginning of lent we received just that! First, our eyes were opened to the opportunity that was before us. An opportunity to join the cast of the Holy Dance by entering the desert and being transformed. An opportunity to come out as a different person than the one who went in.
The invitation spoke boldly: Let’s Dance! It also declared that it would be a Holy Dance. No auditions were to take place. All were welcome.
The promise was (is) that it would be a joyful dance. A dance where Jesus holds on to us and we hold on to Him.
New dance steps to be learned? Almost certainly.
Worth the struggle to learn them? Absolutely.
All we have to do is continue to show up and accept His hand. He promises joy, grace, love, and finally, glory.
As part of the cast, we practice and rehearse.
We watch the dancers that have gone before us. We study their steps, their every move. We are amazed at how in step they are with the One who is leading them, the One who holds His hand out. We realize that we were created for this dance and that we were created for greatness. We realize that we were invited to participate for a specific purpose and continuing to dance will most assuredly lead us to that purpose.
We find that we often need to be reminded of His Zealous Compassion. Without fail and without hesitation, He is compassionate and patient as we learn the new steps of the dance. He promises that as we hold on to Him, He will transform not only the way we dance but also our love for the dance. It will be a joyful dance!
Old habits that have shaped the way we dance are being transformed into new grace-full habits.
Are we loosening our grip, our grasping, our fear?
Are we letting Him lead?
Are we dancing with faith: “anchored to Love, tethered to a sustaining God, unshakeable in our unshakeable goodness?”
Finally, after having struggled through practice and rehearsals, after having ended many days exhausted from the long hours of getting it and then forgetting it, of seeing it and then losing it, of trusting and then falling back to fear, finally, we see that the dance is quite simple.
It’s a Love Dance.
Finally, we see that the whole process of getting ready for the Holy Dance is also holy.
Finally, we see that God loves us and are hearts are full as our love for Him and our love for the other dancers begins to grow. We are ready.
And so, without further adieu, the curtains are set and ready to open for the live performance. Everyone is dressed. We have completed all rehearsals. The lights are dim as the cast (you and me … us) takes the stage. Here we go … “Break a Leg”.
We recommend reading this series in chronological order. You'll see the list in our sidebar or at the bottom of this page. Start with the first title.
Introduction: Thousands of years have been leading up to this week and yet by the time Resurrection Sunday arrives, we see that no one (except maybe Mary, the Mother of God) had a clue as to what was happening. Instead of recalling thousands of years, maybe we should just focus on the past few weeks. […]