Welcome To Passion Week (Part 1)
PALM SUNDAY – MATTHEW 21:1-11
HOLY TUESDAY – JOHN 13:21-38
HOLY WEDNESDAY – MATTHEW 26:14-25
In the time in which our Lord walked upon the earth, He established the local New Testament church and many other ordinances. However, what most people, know of the Gospel story is the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus. This is the most important part of our faith. This is what many regard as a Cardinal doctrine, which simply means, “without this, it would collapse”. We must take time to remember this most sacred time and give reverence to God for sending His son to take our place. Welcome to Holy Week!
Matthew 21:1-11 KJV
“And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her:loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David:Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee”
Palm Sunday is the day many celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1–11). As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.
Christians regard this day of the Holy Week as a time to show honor and glory unto our Lord. A time to make preparations to honor God as our soon coming King and Messiah. Palm Sunday was celebrated by the Israelites throwing down clothing, palm leaves and other items that covered the ground so that Jesus could walk on these items. Palm leaves symbolized victory, peace and triumphal entry. This could have shown that they revered Jesus as a King but obviously they didn’t repent to Him as the Lord. Is Jesus a King to you or is He a Lord? Do you use His name to scare away enemies but never call upon His name to pledge your allegiance?
John 12:1-11 KJV
“Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone:against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there:and they came not for Jesus ‘sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.”
In Christianity, Holy Monday is the last Monday prior to Easter Sunday; it is the second day of Holy Week after Palm Sunday. Some denominations celebrate Holy Monday, and some do not. The Eastern Orthodox Church observes the day, typically marking it with Bible readings and certain hymns. Whether or not you choose to celebrate this time, it is regarded as sacred to many.
Others regard this day of the Holy Week as a time of repentance and remorse. A time to make right the things that we have done to others. In out text we see that Mary used something very precious to her to make atonement for things that she had done in her past no doubt. She showed humility and transparency as she literally broke the thing most precious to her, to use on the Savior. What acts of humility are you showing? What precious thing are you giving to the Savior?
John 13:21-38 KJV
“When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. Now there was leaning on Jesus ‘bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me:and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.“
In Christianity, Holy Tuesday is the last Tuesday prior to Easter Sunday; it is the third day of Holy Week after Palm Sunday and Holy Monday. Depending on the denomination, this day may or may not be celebrated at all. Those that do observe Holy Tuesday, such as Eastern Orthodox churches, typically mark it with readings of particular passages of Scriptures and the singing of relevant hymns.
Others regard this day of the Holy Week as a time of challenge and betrayal. This is the time where the scribes and pharisees challenged Jesus on the law and were all put to silence by the omniscience of our Lord Jesus’ eternal mind. At the same time, He was betrayed by one of His followers. In symbolism, we should be mindful of the ones that challenge us on law and doctrine because many of those that do that may secretly desire to work in the hearts and minds of those close to us. Betrayal can come from anyone, even those that intimately know us. How close are you to Jesus? Would He see you as one who betrays Him, abandons Him or on that serves Him?
Holy Wednesday or (SPY Wednesday)
Matthew 26:14-25 KJV
“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him:but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.”
In Christianity, Holy Wednesday or Spy Wednesday is the last Wednesday prior to Easter Sunday; it is the fourth day of Holy Week after Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, and Holy Tuesday. Depending on the denomination, this particular day may or may not be celebrated at all. Those that do observe Holy Wednesday, such as Eastern Orthodox churches, typically mark it with readings of particular scriptures and the singing of relevant hymns.
Many regard this day of the Holy Week as Spy Wednesday. This is a time where Judas Iscariot conspired against Jesus to betray Him unto the temple leaders. Jesus sake unto Judas and said that it had been better for Him if he had not been born. However, Jesus realized that there was a spy in the midst of the camp. In our lives, we must be vigilant for the presence of spies and betrayal. Have you conspired to betray our Lord? That is a sobering thought and it scares me to know that my sin could lead me to betrayal. However, I am glad for the blood of Jesus. Aren’t you?
Holy Week is a time where we reflect back to the sacrifice that an all powerful God gave us so that we could be with Him eternally. It isn’t about cartoon characters and bunnies delivering eggs to little children with candy. This is a time where God gave His best for humanity at their worst so that we could come back to Him and have rest. Thanks to God for His Son Jesus. In tomorrow’s devotional we will share the Good News on Maundy Thursday. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.