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HOLY WEEK // The Burden



Let's take a moment to pause and reflect on the burdens we carry—both individually and collectively. In the midst of our struggles, we find resonance in Jesus' own experience of bearing the weight of the world.


Think about the pressures we face in our modern lives—the constant demands of work, the challenges of relationships, the uncertainty of the future. These burdens can weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

But here's the thing: Jesus knows what it's like to carry a heavy load. In Matthew 26:38, we read about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, pouring out his heart to God, expressing his anguish and fear. "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he says. It's a raw and vulnerable moment that reminds us of his deep humanity.


Yet, in the midst of his own struggles, Jesus offers us a powerful example of resilience and compassion. He carries on, knowing the weight of the burdens that await him. His journey to the cross demonstrates that no matter how dark a place we may find ourselves in, there is a Saviour who can relate to our sorrow and carry us through.


Jesus invites us to bring our burdens to him, to lay them down at his feet and find rest for our weary souls. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."


As we journey through Holy Week, let's remember that we are not alone in our struggles. Jesus walks alongside us, offering comfort, strength, and hope. Together, let's lean into his grace and embrace the promise of Easter—the promise of new life and renewed hope.


Verses: Matthew 26:36-39

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”


Song: Ellie Holcomb - Man of Sorrows

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