This Sunday begins Holy Week sometimes known as Passion Week. It is the week before Easter when we remember and observe the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.
We do some things on this week that we do not do other weeks of the year. As a church we will gather for worship on Maundy Thursday to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and to remember the night our Lord Jesus was betrayed. On Good Friday we gather for one of the most moving worship experiences of the year to hear and to reflect upon the seven words Jesus spoke from the cross. Worship on each of these nights begins at 7 PM.
Going beyond these worship gatherings I would encourage you in your own personal devotion time to read through the passion narrative. Here is a suggested reading guide for Holy week:
Palm Sunday: John 12 Monday: John 13 Tuesday: John 14 Wednesday: John 15 Thursday: John 16:1 – 18:11 Friday: John 18:12 – 19:42 Saturday: Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 Easter Sunday: John 20
Yet, another way to observe this special week is to rent the movie the passion of the Christ. I am sure there are others ideas you may have for observing this Holy Week. If you have some unique ideas or family/personal traditions for observing Holy Week I would love to hear about them. Please feel free to share.
Holy is one week of the year and thus is called holy. Holy means to be different and to be set apart. I like this idea that holy week is not every week. It is one week of the year and then we move on. It is a week where we are reminded of Jesus suffering and of the reality of our sin. The sorrow of holy week is brought to an abrupt end with the joy of Easter Sunday. I am reminded of Psalm 30:5, “weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Maybe that’s just the point. We are not to continue to dwell upon our sin and are suffering. Easter morning comes where Christ stands triumphant. Yes, we take the time to reflect upon our sin and our sorrow. There is a time for that. But God has not called us to live in sin and sorrow. Jesus died to take away our sin that we might live in Easter victory. Sure, it helps to remember from where we came, but were not going back to Egypt.
So please join me in observing this one week of the year as Holy Week, but even more so, join me in celebrating and living in the triumphant victory of Jesus each and every day. There is no challenge that is too great that you face in your life that God cannot overcome. Jesus victory over the grave shows us that is true! You were created to overcome all things through Jesus who loves us.