“This week is Holy Week right?” Someone asked.
Without looking up from my phone or even missing a beat, “yes” I replied.
Another person immediately asks “what makes this week holy? That’s catholic isn’t it?
My hmmm was on two levels. On one level because really what makes this week holy and on level two is it really a Catholic celebration?
So what is Holy Week? It is week observed by Christian’s worldwide to commemorate the passion of Christ
beginning on Palm Sunday the day of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.” This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’” The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.””
Matthew 21:1-11 NLT
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
Matthew 21:12-13 KJV
probably the longest day of the week as so many events are packed into one day. First Jesus has the Passover with his disciples and institutes the washing of feet and a new covenant sealed with bread and wine (the Holy communion)
He announces that There’s a traitor in their midst and that he would be betrayed soon.
After sunset, he and the Twelve were sitting around the table. During the meal, he said, “I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators.” They were stunned, and then began to ask, one after another, “It isn’t me, is it, Master?” Jesus answered, “The one who hands me over is someone I eat with daily, one who passes me food at the table. In one sense the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures—no surprises here. In another sense that man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man—better never to have been born than do this!” Then Judas, already turned traitor, said, “It isn’t me, is it, Rabbi?” Jesus said, “Don’t play games with me, Judas.””
Matthew 26:20-25 MSG
He predicts peters denial
“Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.”
Matthew 26:34-35 KJV
Jesus prays in anguish in the garden of Gethsemane for Himsalf and for us all while his disciples are fast asleep.
Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss and Jesus is arrested. Peter cuts off a soldiess ear, Jesus heals it and ensures the disciples have a chance to make their escape.
Jesus is taken to Caiaphas and the council. While he is being questioned and beaten, Peter is outside and denies him three times. The cock crows… it is Friday.
Jesus is handed over to Pilate, Judas hangs himself, the Jews choose Barabas over Jesus and Pilate has no choice but to condemn him to death as the people call for his crucifixion. He however washes his hands off the matter after his wife has a dream and warns him not to get involved in executing Jesus. However his hands are tied when they threaten to report him to Caesar so he has to do their bidding.
Jesus is made to carry his cross until he is unable to then Simon the Cyrene (a black man by the way) is made to help Jesus carry the cross. Thank God o! Because like say Jesus die for road , e for bad o! Scripture won’t have been fulfilled.
Jesus is crucified between two thieves. At 3pm, He cries out with a loud voice “IT IS FINISHED!” and yields up His Spirit. Jesus dies. The veil in the temple is torn from top to bottom amidst other amazing occurrences such that the centurion in charge of Jesus’ crucifixion affirmed that “Truly this was the son of God!”
Jesus was buried by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
The Jewish leaders go to Pilate to ensure that the tomb is sealed and guards placed at the tomb to ensure no hanky panky as Jesus had been bragging that he would rise up after 3 days.
Meanwhile Jesus descends to hell to deal with Satan openly and disgraces him while collecting the keys to death.
Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his!”
Colossians 2:15 TPT
Easter Sunday .
Early in the morning an angel descends and rolls away the stone and sits on it. Jesus is raised to life and shows himself to his disciples then walks about for the next 40days just flexing. Just because….
Even today, JESUS IS ALIVE! So celebrate.
Phew!!! What a week! It’s mind blowing how intense this week is. How one week can be so packed and so significant; a culmination of 33 years; even though in actuality it’s the culmination of 3 years.
This one week changed everything for us as Christians. This is such a huge summary so I want to encourage you to read it for yourself in the scriptures. It will change your life I promise you. Read it , walk with Jesus, pray with him in Gethsemane, stand at the foot of the cross or run into the empty tomb. Experience this week for yourself and I’m sure you will understand why it’s called the Holy Week.
And while you are at it. Make sure you hook up to bible before breakfast anywhere you listen to podcasts.
I share so many things that I’ve learned in this Easter season.
Enjoy the gift of this season