This week is Holy Week – the week we journey with Jesus to the cross and the tomb in preparation for celebrating the greatest day in history next Sunday, when our Savior conquered death and rose from the grave! In order to experience the triumph of the Resurrection, we must prepare our hearts with the gravity of the price that was paid. Walking with Jesus to the cross opens our hearts to all He endured for us.
“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus endured spiritual, emotional and, of course, physical suffering for us. Feel the tension building as we go through this week. May we grow in the depth of our understanding of His love.
Palm Sunday – The Triumphal Entry
(Matthew 21:1-1, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:29-44 and John 12:12-19)
Jesus makes it very clear that He is the Messiah! He comes at Passover (“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” John 1:29) and on the back of a donkey (Messianic prophecy from Zechariah 9:9).
Monday – Jesus Curses the Fig Tree and He Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:18-19 & 12-13 and Mark 11:12-14 & 15-18)
Jesus shows that it is not about what you look like on the outside, but what God does in your heart. He makes it very clear that it is not about “religion,” but about a “relationship” with God through Jesus Christ.
Tuesday – Jesus Teaches in the Temple & His Authority is Questioned
(Matthew 21:23-23:39; Mark 11:27-33 & 12:1-44 and Luke 20:1-21:4)
The drama is building. The Religious Leaders are confronting Jesus, and He is not backing down. The confrontation is coming. Everyone must give an answer: What do you believe about Jesus? Is he just a great man, prophet and teacher OR is He the Messiah, the Son of God?
Tuesday Evening – Jesus Anointed at Bethany
(Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9 and John 12:2-11)
Those who are committed to Jesus stay faithful. When we are forgiven much, we love much. This extravagant act of love is still talked about today. Is Jesus the Love of our life and the Joy of our heart?
Wednesday – The Religious Leaders Plot to Kill Jesus
(Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11 and Luke 22:3-6)
Jesus lived 33 sinless years. By His goodness and grace, He forces everyone to make a decision – our will or His will. Do we want religion OR are we willing to accept Jesus?
Thursday – The Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane
(Matthew 26:17-29 & 36-46, Mark 14:12-25 & 32-42; Luke 22:7-20 & 40-46 and John 13:1-38)
Jesus shares the Passover meal with the disciples, whom He loves. He makes it very clear that “His Body” is the bread broken for us and “His blood” is the new covenant poured out for us. Jesus is willing to pay the price for our sins so that we can have an eternal relationship with God.
Thursday Night – Jesus’ Arrest & Trial
(Matthew 26:47-27:26; Mark 14:43-15:15; Luke 22:47-23:25 and John 18:2-19:16)
Make no mistake – it was not the religious leaders or the soldiers who arrested Jesus that night. Jesus could have called down legions of angels and stopped this at any moment. But, the Love and Grace of God took Jesus to the cross.
Good Friday – Jesus’ Crucifixion and Death
(Matthew 27:27-56; Mark 15:16-41; Luke 23:26-49 and John 19:17-30)
Jesus suffered and died for you and for me. He laid down His life so that you and I can truly live. “For the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23, and death is eternal separation from God. Jesus took our place; He stood in the gap. He made a way for us to have eternal life. Thank You, Jesus!
As we read what Jesus endured for us, may we be forever grateful for His love, grace, and mercy. This week should draw us closer to our God. My prayer is that we all grow deeper in our faith and more passionate about our relationship with the God who loves us more than we can ever dream or imagine.
May this Holy Week prepare us for living each day in the Love and Grace of our Savior!