As a preparation for Good Friday and Easter, you need to read The Weeping Chamber by Sigmund Brouwer.
The Weeping Chamber is a novel that sets the story of Jesus’ last days into a very personal context. The story is told from the view of Simeon of Cyrene. He is in a deep despair over his sin, and he has left his family with no intent to return. At the same time, Jesus is making his way into Jerusalem for the Passover and His final week. It is amazing to watch as these two men travel toward a head-on collision that happens on the road to Golgotha.
Brouwer is able to tell a fictitious story that deals with personal guilt, while also telling a very Biblically accurate account of Jesus’ final week as a man. It is a great historical look at the events of Passover and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but the uniqueness of the book is how this is told through the lens of a broken man.
This book was handed to me a number of years ago, and it has been a staple of this week for me ever since. Even after reading it for what seems like the millionth time, the book always becomes personal. As I put myself in the shoes of Simeon, I come face to face with the redemption that is available through Jesus Christ.