Today marks the beginning of Holy Week for Christians around the world. In the days to come, most Christians in the United States will attend special worship services to mark the dramatic, compelling events of the week which culminated in our Lord’s death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. As we do so, one of the farthest things from our minds will be our personal safety. We will get in our cars and drive to our churches, join our fellow believers in worship and then return home with hardly a thought about our personal safety.
Christians who live in other parts of the world will also gather for special worship services this week. But in addition to worship, their personal safety will weigh heavily on their minds.
Terrorists plan their attacks for maximum impact so they strike Christians during Holy Week so that they do the most physical and emotional damage.
Here is a link to news about the latest attacks that took place in Egypt on Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week:
According to this report, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, was inside one of the churches that was attacked. He was not injured.
I urge every Christian to pray for the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world during Holy Week. Terrorists are mistaken if they think that their violent attacks will destroy the Christian church. We serve an indestructible God who describes himself as follows in the first chapter of the book of Revelation: “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore.”