This is Holy Week. The week in history when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey to hordes of people shouting “Hosanna!”. The very same people that, less than a week later, would be shouting “Crucify Him!” before governor Pilate; as they knew it was unlawful for them to kill Jesus under Jewish law, they wanted Pilate to do it instead.
Thursday (Maundy Thursday) is a commemoration of the Last Supper of Christ and his disciples, their taking of the passover meal. This is also the night when Jesus was betrayed and arrested to be taken before the chief priests and the elders of the people where he was mocked, spat upon, beaten and condemned by false testimony.
Good Friday is the day Jesus bore the full weight of our sin as he was severely beaten and eventually surrendered His life on the cross. One can only marvel at His willingness to suffer through the events of Good Friday knowing that He had every right and Power to condemn the very men that beat Him. How wonderful is He who was willing to suffer so much for the forgiveness of our sins. Then, once it was all accomplished through His death on the cross, He was buried.
Easter is the time when we celebrate the revelation of His power over even death. Just as He had predicted, three days after he was killed He rose from the tomb.
5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
This Holy Week it’s important that we remember that this isn’t just a story told with the intent of passing along a greater truth. This is truth, this is history and this was God’s plan for saving all of us. For just as Romans 5:18 says “Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.” I pray that you’ve accepted the sacrifice Christ made for you.