Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly more than we can ask or imagine, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
If we follow the liturgical calendar, this past Sunday marked Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Led by his disciples, Jesus entered Jerusalem for Passover at the head of a parade. He was celebrated as the king of Israel who would save. It was a social and political high that would only make Jesus’ crucifixion five days later all the more difficult to experience.
Imagine that you are one of the disciples. It is Monday after Palm Sunday. Your heart is full of the hopes that Jesus might just pull off a revolution. Perhaps the crowds would recognize Jesus for who you know him to be and you would all be swept into power with Jesus.
Of course, these hopes will eventually be dashed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Any potential of Jesus taking power will seem ridiculous when he is nailed to the cross. It would be easy to be swept up in the cynicism and unbelief of the world that Friday. Is it possible to believe when everything else in the world seems to point to unbelief? How can we hold onto faith when the rest of the world has no faith (and circumstances seem to show they are right)?
Perhaps you are familiar with this doubt in your life, in your work, or in your community. Perhaps the ways that you had hoped Jesus would break through in your life and circumstances have been disappointed. If so, be encouraged by the words of our text from the book of Ephesians. God’s power is at work to the ultimate end of glory to Jesus and those who cling to him. It is able to accomplish abundantly more all you have asked for or imagined.
The doubt that was part of Holy Week would have been most overwhelming at the cross. Even at this point when all hope seemed lost, God was not done. He moved through cross and tomb to achieve abundantly far more than anyone would have imagined. Social and political victory in Jerusalem proved a goal far too small. Instead Jesus moved to break the power of sin and death over all of humanity.
This Holy Week, be reminded that Jesus is still moving in our world. Do not give up hope but cling to Jesus in faith. Then do not be surprised when Jesus moves in resurrection.
Jesus, remind us this Holy Week of the ways that you meet the doubts and expectations of your followers. Remind us that when all seems lost, you are not at an end. Rather, you are moving still for your glory and ours. We glorify you this Easter for what you have done and what you are still to do.