Monthly Reflections – Holy Week

Holy Week

 

Holy Week is a vital week in the Christian Faith.  It is deemed as Holy Week because this is the week when God demonstrates how incredible God’s sacrificial love is for us.  Many will be traveling due to Spring Break.  I encourage you to spend some time with your families to reflect on each day of this sacred week.

 

Palm Sunday – Read Matthew 21:1-11

Jesus rides into Jerusalem.  The people cry, “Hosanna,” which means, “Save now.”

 

Monday – Read Matthew 21:12-17; 22:15-22

Jesus cleanses the temple.

Jesus is asked about paying taxes.  The coin has the image of Caesar.  We have the image of God.  “Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s.  But give to God that which is God’s.”

 

Tuesday – Read Matthew 23:1-39

Jesus warns the scribes and the Pharisees with the “woe” sayings.

 

Wednesday – Read Matthew 25:1-46

Jesus may have spent time preparing for the cross on the Mount of Olives just outside of Jerusalem.

 

Holy Thursday – Read Matthew 26:1-75

Jesus meets with the disciples in the upper room to celebrate the Passover.  Jesus adds the elements of the bread and cup for His body and blood.  Jesus shares that He will be betrayed by one of His own and that Peter will deny Him three times.

 

Good Friday – Read Mark 15

Jesus is betrayed, arrested, denied, slapped, spat on, and crucified.  At 9:00 a.m., he is nailed to the cross.  At noon, darkness covers the face of the earth as even God could not bear to watch.  At 3:00 p.m., Jesus dies.

 

Saturday Reflect on what would have happened if this had been the end of the story.

 

Easter Sunday – Read Matthew 28:1-20

God proclaims ultimate victory over sin and death as He raises Jesus from the dead.

 

This is the story of our faith.  This is the story of Salvation.  This is the story of our God who so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life  (John 3:16).

 

In ministry together,

Rev. Dr. Terry L. Moore

Senior Pastor