OPINION | Holy Week serves as a reminder

HAGÅTÑA — In the last several months, I’ve found myself depressed after spending time on social media.

It seems that before I can get to the good news about Granger’s first steps, Talia’s enjoyment of solid food, or Paige’s oh-so-clever drawings of classic literature, I have to go through an endless stream of nasty memes and ugly stories.

As an unrecovered infoholic, I stop too often to read the latest about this or that issue or person. Stories are slanted or incomplete. Name-calling and insults replace reasoned discussion.

On some issues, lies pass for news. Sorting truth from fiction is exhausting.

I usually come away from social media dazed, wondering how the world has become the way it is, where evil has become good, and good, evil.

I shouldn’t wonder.

The Apostle Paul described the world in the last days in 2 Timothy 3:2-4: “[M]en will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”

With a bit of understatement Paul prefaced that description saying we would have “difficult times.”

Thankfully, there is a solution for these difficult times, and this week we are particularly reminded who it is: Jesus Christ.

During this Holy Week, as the world is spinning out of control, we would do well to look to the one still point of history — the cross of Calvary.

Nothing is more astounding than the death of Christ.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8).

But Jesus did not just die.

Three days later, he came back to life!

That resurrection is our greatest hope.

As Paul observed in Romans 5:10: “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

In this difficult, depressing and dying world, we can still find peace, joy and life.

It’s in Jesus Christ.

Have a blessed Easter.