After Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he proclaimed, "Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world is driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all people to myself" (John 12:31-32). These two verses tell us so much about what happened through the events we remember this Holy Week. On the cross, Jesus bore the judgment of all the world's sin. In so doing, he disarmed the ruler of this world, liberating us from the oppression of the evil one. As a result "all people" can now be drawn into the arms of Jesus, stretched wide in an embrace of love on the cross.
This good news ought to shape our prayers for others at all times, especially this week. Where do you want to see the ruler of this world completely driven out? Who do you know whom you want Jesus to draw into his saving love? Offer these requests to God, who without a doubt wants to give such freedom and show such love. To take it a step further, invite others to contemplate this good news with you. Whether it's for tomorrow's Maundy Thursday communion service, our Good Friday Prayer Vigil, or our full morning celebrating the Resurrection this Sunday, who might you invite to worship with you? There's no better time to share this good news, for "Now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Grace and Peace,