Holy Week: Sunday, Calling All Small and Unimportant People

Here are the Bible passages for this final moment in Holy Week, a moment to begin all moments: Matthew 28.1-8; Mark 16.1-8; Luke 24.1-12; John 20.1-10; and then Matthew 28.11-15; and finally Matthew 28.9-10, John 20.11-18; Luke 24.13-48; John 20.19-23; Matthew 28.16-20; Mark 16.9-18; John 20.24-29, 21.1-23; Acts 1.3-8; 1 Cor. 15.5-8. You can read (again) all of the Holy Week portions of the Bible, and the following 40 days, in this document, Tracing Holy Week Through Scripture.

Shouldn’t big news be shared by big people? That’s usually how it works. It is the big and important people who make the world go ‘round for all of us little, unimportant people, who merely ride. It is the royal family, political darlings, super-celebrities, tech CEOs, and people with lots of initials after their name, these are the ones who make big things happen and share big news. Everybody knows this. And if they didn’t make it happen directly, they attended last year’s Met Gala with the one who did. Or dined at the restaurant of the newest Micheline star recipient with the one who did. Big news belongs to a different class of people. We don’t know them. But we follow them on social media. And know the name of their yacht. 

Sunday morning, it was just three ordinary women who witnessed the biggest news in the world. Small, unimportant people, by every standard of the day. And it was the body of a Jew of no special significance whom they were looking for that Sunday morning. A friend of theirs. Not particularly impressive. Well, apart from three years of so-called amazing events that occurred in this insignificant and ignored part of the world, events broadcasted by, you guessed it, little, unimportant people. He was just a Jew. From Nazareth (wherever that is). And his publicity team was, putting it mildly, unremarkable.

But it was among little and unimportant people, in a little and unimportant place, that God worked. It was among these people in this place that God made the final payment. He paid not just for the smallness of a people, but the sinfulness of the people. And because it was sin that He paid for, both the little and the big, the unimportant and the important, benefit. Here, among these people God sent a Jew to do for the unimportant little people and the important big people what neither could do for themselves. Nobody can pay for their own sin. Some recognized this, and some did not. 

Some recognize this today, and some do not. Everyone thinks too highly of themselves, both the little and the big, the unimportant and the important. On Sunday, they could see that the price had been paid. Today, can you see? Or are you too big and too important?

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