The Heart of Holy Week

The heart of Holy Week centers on the person of Jesus Christ, more specifically His passion, death and resurrection, which is the core of the Christian faith. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where He was hailed as a king by the crowds who laid palm branches at His feet. However, the joy of this occasion would change course by Thursday night as Jesus would face the events that would lead to His crucifixion. The days that followed saw the betrayal of Jesus by one of His disciples, His arrest, trial, and sentencing to death on a cross.

On Thursday night, Jesus would meet with His disciples and participate with them in the Passover meal. It is here that Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper by reinterpreting elements of the meal. The bread and wine were used to point to his impending death by referring to His body that would soon be broken and His blood that would be shed. By 9 AM on Friday morning, Jesus would be hanging on the cross in agony as He struggled over the next six hours to breathe. It was then that Jesus cried out, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit,” and died.

The death of Jesus is not like any other death that has occurred in all of human history. Jesus’ death had several monumental outcomes. First, Jesus bore our sins in His body thereby paying the price for our sin, which is death. Second, the curse of sin and death was conquered. Third, by dying as our substitute, Jesus absorbed the wrath of God for our sins. Fourth, Satan was defeated. Fifth, Jesus ushered in the New Covenant that would no longer depend on animal sacrifice. Many more things can be listed here. However, there is one thing that still remains.

At some point early on Sunday morning, Jesus was resurrected from the dead. This is the pinnacle of Holy Week. This is what we refer to as Easter Sunday, or more appropriately, Resurrection Sunday. This is the most important day of all Christianity as it represents the victory of life over death, and the hope of salvation for all who repent and believe in Jesus Christ. By Jesus’ death and resurrection, He became the one and only mediator.  1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” This is why Jesus is the heart of Holy Week.

So as you prepare for Resurrection Sunday, consider the many things that occurred during Holy Week. Above all, be thankful for Jesus Christ!

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Consider listening to the song “His Heart Beats” as you prepare for Church on Resurrection Sunday morning.
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