Holy Week is a time of spiritual focus like no other time of the year. We hope these devotionals on the events of Holy Week will serve you well. If you have any questions about anything that you read, need prayer or help in any way. Please contact us. We’re here to help.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
(1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV)
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
(Romans 8:11 ESV)
Celebrating Easter seems to bring life to things that aren’t usually there. On a normal day our feeds are composed of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Kid posts, dinner posts, selfie posts, sporting event posts, date night posts, crossfit posts, bad customer service posts, bad day at work posts, my life stinks posts, that’s not fair posts, jealousy posts, passive aggressive posts, look at me posts, winning at life posts, failing at life posts, prayer request posts, prayer request posts that are really gossip posts and hundreds of other combinations of other posts.
Holy Week: Lonely Saturday
Sandwiched between the two most significant days on the Christian Calendar is Holy Saturday. What happened on Holy Saturday was… well… not much. Here on earth it seemed like nothing was happening. For us we know the resurrection awaits, and that makes the waiting not so bad. However, can you imagine being one of the disciples during the first Holy Saturday?
Holy Week: Good Friday
“It is finished…” - John 19:30
Good always seems like the wrong word to use on the day we reflect on Jesus being executed in the most barbaric, torturous, and painful fashion in human history. An innocent man was brutally murdered by religious leaders who simply didn’t want to worship Him. The legal officials found no fault in Him. He wasn’t guilty. The charges were fabricated. He was executed in the manner of the most vile of criminals. His friends abandoned Him. He was humiliated and shamed. How could this be good?
The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for commandment. The context for that is found in John’s Gospel:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)
After Jesus came into Jerusalem amidst shouts, cheers and celebration on Sunday, things got relatively quiet. However, it was things done in this quiet and secret that were the catalyst for Jesus being killed in only a few day’s time.
Holy Week: Palm Sunday
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” -John 12:13
The day we call Palm Sunday is known as the day of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. If you have been reading the “Stations of the Cross,” you may be wondering how this day could be called “triumphal” with what is to follow in the coming week! Here are a few reasons for us to consider.