Palm Sunday raises the curtain on the drama of Holy Week, as we celebrate the great events that give us new life in Christ. In spite of the current restrictions, we can still celebrate, albeit in a different way. Whatever we do, the important thing is to get to the heart of the matter: God’s extraordinary love for us all. It is a blessing that the Gospel of John is so prominent in Holy Week.
Here’s my own compact summary of what the Fourth Gospel teaches about salvation.
The creator God has healed humanity of death by sending his Son in an act of self-emptying and loving service, setting us free from the power of death and sin. God’s loving therapy is a new Passover and a new creation, enacted in us by the Holy Spirit.
To explore that extraordinary grace, may I suggest a slow reading of the very first couple of verses of John 13, taken in conjunction with John 19:28-30? You may also find the special video below helpful.