We’re just about into the 2nd weekend of the NCAA Basketball Tournament; “March Madness”. The 1st weekend was filled with incredible games and amazing finishes. On both sides of the ball the emotions that are stirred are equally intense, except in opposite directions. For example, consider the Northern Iowa Panthers, an 11 seed just like Gonzaga. In their first round game they won on a 50+ foot half court buzzer beater over the #6 seed Texas Longhorns. They were jubilant! The Texas team was crushed. Two nights later the Panthers enjoyed a 12 point lead over another Texas team, the 3rd seeded Aggies of Texas A&M with just over a half minute to go. In a 32 second span everything that could go wrong did, and incredibly Texas A&M tied the game by the time that the clock ran out. Two overtimes later the Northern Iowa Panthers were out of the Tournament, going home, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Now they were crushed as the Aggies were celebrating. Over time, these emotions will fade…but never completely go away. This is all how this week goes, OUR week, the week of the Lord’s Passion. There are some very powerful and intense emotions involved, from the highest of highs to the depths of despair. We go from the high of the Last Supper and the institution of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, then to the Garden and the arrest of Jesus and subsequent “trials”. The downward crash climaxes as He is nailed to a cross and hung there to slowly and agonizingly die. Then, suddenly, out of the depths, our emotions rocket to the highest possible point; He’s alive again in the resurrection. Death has been defeated and life eternal guaranteed. We have won (He has won for us) a victory that can never be snatched away. Our glory, the glory of His resurrection, ascension and reign, will last forever. And once we pass through the gates of heaven the intensity of the emotion will never fade. The victory parade and feast will last forever!
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009