APRIL 6, 2023
We call this week Holy Week, and for good reason.
It was the last week that Jesus was on earth in His earthly body. The process of Jesus taking on human flesh began when Jesus was conceived. In some way, His divinity took on human flesh as we first saw on Christmas.
Holy Week began last Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time to begin this final week. On Monday, He cleared the temple of the corrupt money changers. Tuesday saw Him teach in the temple and be anointed in anticipation of His death. On Wednesday, the plot against Jesus was established. On Thursday, Jesus held the Last Supper with His disciples, and this served as both an Old Testament Passover Meal and the institution of a brand new practice Christians engage in today— Communion— all in one. That night He would go to the Mount of Olives and pray in the Olive Garden of Gethsemane. His arrest occurred there followed by 6 trials throughout the night.
At 9am on Friday, He was crucified and for six hours endured an agony that one else ever had. True, others had suffered in a similar physical fashion, but no one had taken on the sins of the world while doing so.
After his burial before sunset, he was in the tomb given to Him by Joseph of Arimathea until Sunday. His week ended with the greatest day in human history: resurrection from the dead!
As Holy Week draws toward an end, we want to both remember it and celebrate it with you. On Friday night, we have a Good Friday service that helps us do that as I teach on the sixth statement Jesus made on the cross, “It is finished.” We’ll worship Him in music, reflect on His sacrifice, and take communion together.
Then we’ll celebrate Easter in three identical services on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. I’ll be teaching from 1 Corinthians 15, the great resurrection chapter of the Bible as we celebrate.
So this is your chance to appreciate all Jesus did for you during this amazing week. It’s also your chance to invite friends and family to join you to hear the good news of Easter!