This is Holy Week

April 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

Diego Velasquez, Christ on the Cross

This is Holy Week.  Holy Week is a week designed to spotlight the passion, suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins.  And if we do not understand the absolute necessity of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins then we will fall woefully short in our gratitude to and worship of our great God and Savior.  It is important that you take the cross personally and allow the immeasureable love of God for you to shape every fiber of your life — and give you hope!

We are saved, not just because God loves us so very much (and He does), but because Jesus Christ the Son of God became the ground of our salvation.  He is our perfect sacrifice, standing in our place as He absorbs the punishment we deserve and allowing us to stand in His place dressed in His righteousness.

We are saved by grace and not by works – so that no one can boast before God.  How could we?  “Amazing love, how can it be that you, my God, would die for me!”  Christ did die for you and He died a particular, unique, one of a kind death for you to rescue your soul and make you an heir of salvation.

There are five days this week that are often highlighted:  Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday remembers Jesus triumphantly riding into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey – a symbol of peace.  Thousands cheered him.  Many of those who cheered Jesus would jeer Jesus a few days later.

Maundy Thursday remembers the Last Supper and specifically the command from Jesus to love one another with humility just as He loves us.  The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means “commandment.”  

Good Friday is of course only good from this side of the empty tomb because the resurrection was God’s “Amen” to Christ’s “It is finished!”  Good Friday marks the day of crucifixion.

Holy Saturday marks the day of Jesus’ body in the tomb. 

And then all heaven breaks loose on Easter Sunday – the Day of Days.  Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!

Do you want a day by day breakdown of what happened during the week leading up to Resurrection Sunday?  Here it is:

Sunday – Day of Triumph
-Jesus made the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:1-11, 14-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19)
-Jesus spent the night in Bethany (Matt. 21:17)

Monday – Day of Authority
-Jesus returned to Jerusalem and cursed the fig tree (Matt. 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14)
-Jesus cleansed the Temple (Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48)

Tuesday – Day of Challenge
-Jesus returned to Jerusalem and was challenged by the authorities (Matt. 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8)
-The authorities tried to seize Jesus (Matt. 21:46; Mark 12:12; Luke 20:19)
-Jesus pronounced seven “woes” against the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 23:1-36)
-Jesus lamented over Jerusalem (Matt. 23:37-39)
-Jesus delivered the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21)
-Judas planned to betray Jesus (Matt. 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6)

Wednesday – Day of Silence

Thursday – Day of Farewell
-Jesus partook of the Last Supper with His disciples on the first day of Unleavened Bread when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed (Matt. 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-38; John 13:1-38)
-Jesus delivered His farewell discourse (John 14-17)
-Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane and was betrayed and arrested (Matt. 26:30-56; Mark 14:26-52; Luke 22:39-53; John 18:1-12)
-Jesus was put on trial before Annas (John 18:13-24)
-Jesus was put on trial before Caiaphas (the Jewish High Priest) and the Sanhedrin (Matt. 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:54; John 18:24)
-Jesus was denied by Peter (Matt. 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:55-65; John 18:25-27)

Friday – Day of Suffering and Death
-In the morning, Jesus was again questioned by the Sanhedrin (Matt. 27:1; Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71)
-Jesus was brought to the Roman governor, Pilate (Matt. 27:2, 11-14; Mark 15:1-5; Luke 23:1-5; John 18:28-38)
-Jesus was sent to Herod Antipas (Luke 23:6-12)
-Jesus was sent back to Pilate (Matt. 27:15-26; Mark 15:6-15; Luke 23:11-25; John 18:39-19:16)
-Jesus was crucified (Matt. 27:35-50; Mark 15:24-37; Luke 23:33-46; John 19:18-30)
-Jesus’ body was buried (Matt. 27:57-60; Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-42)

Saturday – Day of Rest (Sabbath)

Sunday – Day of Vindication
-Jesus was resurrected
-Jesus appeared to many for 40 days after the resurrection and ascended to the Father

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