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Holy Week [a brief overview]

A number of events took place leading up to Jesus’ death and succeeding resurrection. These events occurred over the course of one week, which coined the term, “Holy Week.”

A big turning point in leading up to Christ’ resurrection was Palm Sunday. On this day, the people in Jerusalem welcomed Jesus by laying down their coats and palm trees for Him to walk on. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey, in which he was fulfilling the prophecies that were told in the Old Testament. With this, the crowds of people there laid down palm tree branches in honor of Jesus being the one “who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 21:9)

The next day of Holy Week is Holy Monday, and on this day, Jesus sets order in the temple by correcting the people who were misusing the church (the house of God).

Holy Tuesday

Tuesday was the day Jesus revealed to His disciples, the religious teachers of Moses’ law, and all others that He was the Son of Man (a descendant of a human; a descendant of Joseph). He spoke in parables about His soon-to-be death, and resurrection.

Holy Wednesday

On Wednesday, the plan to accuse and kill Jesus was being set in motion. To prepare Him for burial, a woman by the name of Mary anoints Jesus with perfume.


Holy Thursday

On the Thursday before Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus and His disciples have “The Last Supper,” and Judas, later betrays Jesus. Also on Thursday, Jesus reveals to Peter his lack of maturity in His faith. He prophesied to him that he would deny him three times. In addition to these Thursday events, in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus pleads to God in prayer, “Father, if it is your will, take this cup ⌞of suffering⌟ away from me. However, your will must be done, not mine" (Luke 22:42).

Good Friday

Kind of ironic it’s called “good” Friday, because everything regarding the physical outlook of things looked pretty bad. This was a gruesome day for Jesus. He was whipped, beat, spat on, mocked, and forced to carry His own cross. After this, He was nailed to the cross by His hands and feet and was forced to die of suffocation. Crucifixion was one of, if not the most horrendous way a person could die. The irony that Good Friday holds is that Jesus was innocent. Blameless. Without sin. 

He was undeserving of the punishment of the cross, but still decided to take it for our sake, and for our good. He is called the “Lamb of God.” In other words, He is the one God sent to be a perfect sacrifice for our sins–and the sins of the entire past, present, and future world.

Holy Saturday

On this day, Jesus is in the grave physically, but is on the move spiritually! 

Resurrection Sunday

Jesus dying proved that he was fully man, but when He resurrected, He proved that He was fully God! By resurrecting, He overcame the power of sin and death once and for all! Our response is to believe in what He did and put our complete faith and trust in Him!

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