Holy Week & Easter, The Eight Days that changed the World.
Palm Sunday, First Day of Week, Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Zechariah 9:9. Welcome Jesus with the words of Psalm 118:25-26, heralding Him as the Messiah, the coming King of Israel. Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11;1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:1-11
Monday, Jesus returns to the Temple to find it full of traders, money-changers. Saying they have changed a House of Prayer into a Den of Robbers, he angrily drives them out. Matthew 21;12-17, Mark 11;15-18, Luke 19;45-48, John 12;1-11
Tuesday, Jesus teaches in the Temple, where the Pharisees dispute his authority, Later he leads the Disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane, delivers what has become known as the Olivet discourse, the last of five great discourses,The Olivet Discourse is the name given to the orderly and extended teaching given by Jesus Christ on the Mount of Olives recorded in Matthews Gospel. Judas conspire to betray Jesus. Matthew 21;23-25, Mark 11;27-13;37, Luke 20;1-21;36, John 12;37-50
Wednesday, Thought to be a day of Rest. Matthew 26;1-5, John 13;21-35
Maundy Thursday, In a upper room, Jesus prepares both Himself & His Disciples for his Death. As Paul described it, the Messiah takes on the very nature of a servant, by washing the Disciples feet. He uses this simple Last Supper to give the Passover meal a new meaning. The loaf of bread, & cup of wine represent His Body, soon to be sacrificed & His Blood, soon to be shed. Jesus instructs the Disciples ” A New Commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as i have loved you. In Latin, this Mandatum (root of the word “Mandate’), hence Maundy Thursday. Jesus then again leads the Disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane and asks them to wait, to keep watch, while He prays. In agony as he confronts his impending death, He prays ‘for the sin of the world’ and we glimpse the Son of God at His most human, as he Begs his Father to, take this cup from me. Matthew 26;17-30, Mark 14;12-26, Luke 22;7-23, John 13,14,15,16
Good Friday, Following the Betrayal, arrest, desertion, denial, condemnation, beatings, mockery, Jesus bears His Cross to Golgotha, the place of the skull for death by crucifixion with two other prisoners. Jesus Body laid in the tomb before 6pm. When the Sabbath begins and all work stops, lies in the tomb throughout the Sabbath.
Why Good Friday? Probably to show that Christs Death has finally Liberated Us from Sin. In Eastern Orthodox church it is known as Great Friday, In Israel Big Friday, In Germany Friday of Lamentation. Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 22;66-23;56, John 18;28-19;37
Easter Sunday, Early in the morning, women go to the Tomb and find that the Stone at the entrance has been rolled away. An Angel tells them that Jesus is alive and gives them a message. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene in the Garden, to Peter, to Two Disciples on the road to Emmaus and later that day to all the Disciples, except Thomas. Matthew 28;1-10, Mark 16;1-8, Luke 24;1-49, John 20
May Peace Be With You All, Happy Holy Week!