It is a word applied in quite a few unique approaches from “holy cow” to “holy, are you Lord.” We hear it in church. We hear it in class, at perform, on the street, in the grocery shop, and in tv shows.
We hear it in the Bible, as well. It is Holy Week.
How quite a few instances, although, have we stopped to assume about what this word definitely signifies?
If we hear it so typically, how come we never ever wonder about it is which means?
I assume it is time to start questioning and understanding just what this word signifies.
And they have been calling out to a single yet another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty the entire earth is complete of his glory.
Isaiah six:three (NIV)
I assume of it a lot like a flame on a candle, no two are alike. Each flame is burning for a bring about, but just about every motivation is slightly unique, just about every present is unique, and just about every particular person in specific. We are each and every unique flames, but the largest light is set apart from all, holy in just about every way.
It is five:30 or so in the morning (aka as well stinking early) and darkness is nevertheless dominating the sky. I’m traveling back to Berry with my dad and we are listening to The Message, a christian music station, on Sirius XM. This is our tradition, if you will, even though we are traveling in the vehicle. We listen and sing along to all our favourite songs they play. 1 minute we are listening to Jeremy Camp’s “I’ll Take You Back” and subsequent there is a guy speaking about Holy Week. I had never ever heard of him ahead of, but he genuinely caught my focus. His name is Andrew Peterson and I came to discover out that he wrote a series of worship albums known as “The Resurrection Letters.” They illustrate the value of Holy Week and the events top up to Jesus’ death. As I listened to him speak about the which means of each and every song, I felt drawn to comprehend.
It is effectively identified that this week is in truth Holy Week, but do we know effectively the details of Holy Week?
Did I get you with this query?
I got myself, as well.
I can’t start to clarify how convicting it is to assume about Holy Week and how uncommonly studied or understood it is amongst quite a few Christians.
How can we definitely appreciate the sacrifice that Jesus on Friday and how can we stroll with Him in His suffering without the need of understanding what occurred prior?
Do you see why this is convicting?
As I sat in my dad’s truck, there was a single song that genuinely caught my focus, but a handful of lyrics in distinct struck me. I suggest that you give it a listen ahead of you preserve reading.
So, when I heard this song this morning, this lyric genuinely got me.
“You laid down your life
And you suffered like I never ever could.
And you are generally very good.”
Andrew Peterson: Usually Superior
He suffered like I never ever could, like we never ever could.
Right after I heard this, I was flooded with an image. I want to share it with you…
The cross is planted on the hill exactly where Jesus was sent to spend, to die, to sacrifice. He is there. He has suffered the ultimate discomfort.
In a single moment, the planet was alight, but in an immediate: darkness. Each believer followed Jesus, trusted Jesus, and knew Jesus. They held their candles higher, serving as a light for all the planet. As Jesus breathed His final breath, a single by a single the hope faded. Candles started losing their flame, their light, their glow.
The entire planet was covered with darkness.
This is so potent, is not it?
It is simple really feel the energy of this image, to be moved by it, and to definitely have this wish to really feel reverent of this occasion.
But it is so simple to just quit there, to not go any additional, and to not comprehend.
Yes. This image is potent and it is supposed to be having said that, I can only visualize just how considerably extra potent this image would be if we understood the events that lead up to it, the events of Holy Week.
So, let’s start.
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
John 12:13 (NIV)
The crowds that went ahead of him and these that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!
Matthew 21:9 (NIV)
Palm Sunday marks the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, which initiates His final week of life. To comprehend all of what occurred, Matthew retells the occurrences in Matthew 21. I recommend you study it ahead of you continue on.
Right after understanding He was destined to fulfill a prophecy of riding a donkey into the city, written in Zechariah, which declares that the King is coming to His men and women. In my opinion, Jesus fulfilling this prophecy illustrates that God reigns accurate more than His promises and practically nothing He pursues is void. Secondly, we ought to spend close focus to the men and women paving the way they lined up, side by side, creating the way to Jerusalem clear for Jesus. They greeted Jesus with distinctive enthusiasm with palm branches, which served as a symbol of effectively-getting and victory. Interestingly sufficient, at the finish of the Bible in Revelation, men and women will nevertheless wave palm branches. We can see how this is a symbol of Christ’s victory more than death now, but then the men and women have been not confident of Christ’s mission having said that, they have been excited about it, as quite a few threw off their cloaks as a message of submission and belief in the Messiah.
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who have been shopping for and promoting there. He overturned the tables of the dollars changers and the benches of these promoting doves. “It is written,” he stated to them, “My residence will be known as a residence of prayer, but you are creating it a den of robbers.”
Matthew 21:13 (NIV)
Early Monday morning, Jesus and his disciples awoke in Bethany, a town about a mile away from Jerusalem. They have been traveling back to Jerusalem following staying with some trusted close friends, assumed to be Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. Jesus was on a mission to continue purifying the hearts of men and women and teach the truth. He wasn’t going to treat this Monday like the rest of us, in annoyance and timidness, but rather clarify and preach. He was going to clarify that judgement and alter starts at residence, in Israel. They have been walking with each other to the terrain of Mount of Olives and start to get really hungry. He saw a fig tree that from a distance looked really wholesome and complete of life, but as he got closer he noticed that the tree was barren of fruit. He cursed the tree and it quickly withered. In the Old Testament, Israel was normally referred to as a fig tree, which serves to symbolize Israels failure to cultivate Christ in their lives, resulting in fruitless lives. As they arrived to the Mount that day, Jesus was surrounded by corrupt men and women and robbers with lust sufficient to kill, calling them to purify their inner lives.
“It is written,” he stated to them, “My residence will be a residence of prayer, but you have produced it a den of robbers.”
He starts overturning these men’s tables and chairs that have been set up in the Temple and forcing them to leave.
We can know that Jesus calls us to bear fruit on many occurrences in the Bible and desires for us to cultivate Him in our lives.
When the disciples saw this, they have been amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so speedily?” they asked.
Jesus replied, “Truly I inform you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was completed to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain. Go, throw oneself into the sea and it will be completed. If you think, you will get what ever you ask for in prayer.”
Matthew 21:19-22 (NIV)
It is morning once again and Jesus is with His disciples. They are in Jerusalem when once again and they pass the fig tree from the preceding day, which the disciples find out a lesson from: have unswerving faith in God. The disciples are about to face fantastic trials in their faith and I figure Jesus was hoping they would keep in mind this withered fig tree on the road.
At the Temple, religious leaders continue to challenge Jesus’ authority, attempting to attack him, and arrest him, but Jesus yelled at them.
“Blind guides! … For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outdoors but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you appear like righteous men and women, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness…Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?”
Matthew 23:24-33 (NIV)
Right after considerably continued confrontation, they left to head back to Bethany, but quit at Mount Olives to rest. From right here, you can see Jerusalem, and the sun starting to set. The disciples appear out in wonder of the buildings, but Jesus tells them that there will quickly be a day exactly where none of that exists. He tells them about the ending of the age and the ending of Jerusalem. He tells the Twelve to, above all, stay faithful and persevere, for He is totally in manage. He knows what He is performing and He knows what is coming.
With an exhausting day more than, they rest once again in Bethany.
Then a single of the Twelve—the a single known as Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you prepared to give me if I provide him more than to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an chance to hand him more than.
In my study, I have located really small details about what Jesus did on the fourth day of this week. It is identified as Spy Wednesday since this was the day that Judas agreed to betray Jesus for thirty silver pieces, as stated above in Matthew 26:14-16, in Mark 14:10-11, and in Luke 22:1-six.
It is stated, by quite a few scholars, that Jesus took a day of rest with His disciples and close close friends. He spent time with Mary and Martha in Bethany and anticipated Passover, quite a few speculate.
“I have been really eager to consume this Passover meal with you ahead of my suffering starts. For I inform you now that I will not consume this meal once again till its which means is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”
Luke 22:15-16 (NLT)
In the evening following sunset, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and ready them for Passover, proving how we ought to enjoy a single yet another without the need of ceasing.
Jesus and the Twelve are gathered about a table, sharing in fellowship and meals. I would inform you to go and study the entirety of the Final Supper.
He was preparing to be the final Passover sacrifice for mankind. He very first predicts the betrayal of himself, saying “truly I inform you, a single of you will betray me.”
For the duration of this meal, He broke the bread for His disciples, saying “this is my physique, which is provided for you.” He then pours the wine and says, “this is my blood.”
They love their final supper and later Jesus was arrested by the Sanhedrim, the royal court of Israel.
Jesus spent the nigh in prison. At the crack of the day, He took the journey to Rome exactly where He encountered Pilate, the Roman governor in Judea. He located no purpose to charge Jesus, so He was sent back to Herod. Jesus refused to answer Herod’s queries, so He was sent back to Pilate. Pilate nevertheless believed Jesus to be innocent, but feared the crowds that wanted Jesus crucified, so he sentenced Jesus to death. He was mocked, beaten, and struck on the head. He was crowned with thorns and stripped naked. He was then produced to carry His cross to Calvary.
He hung right here, suffering, for six hours ahead of he took His final breath.
Jesus known as out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had stated this, he breathed his final.
Luke 23:46 (NIV)
Darkness then covered the land, as just about every final candle was blown out. No one could see hope, even although it was ideal about the corner.
He brought about seventy-5 pounds of perfumed ointment produced from myrrh and aloes. Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ physique with the spices in extended sheets of linen cloth.
John 19: 39-40 (NLT)
By six the preceding evening, Nicodemus and Joseph had placed Jesus’ physique down from the cross and lay it in the tomb. Each of these males that sent Jesus to death have been apart of Sanhedrim and secret followers of Him. They have been afraid to proclaim the name of Jesus since of their positions in the neighborhood. They came out of hiding to prepare Jesus’ physique for burial.
Although His physique laid dead, His sacrifice for us was and is, living and breathing. He secured our eternal salvation.
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the valuable lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)
“Do not be afraid! I know you are hunting for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not right here! He is risen from the dead, just as he stated would come about.”
Matthew 28:five-six (NIV)
On the third day, Mary Magdalene and various other girls came to the tomb of Jesus to anoint the physique with myrrh. An earthquake rolled away the stone and revealed that Jesus’ physique was not present. They have been, of course, shocked. The man present instructed the girls to see it for themselves, then told them to go inform the disciples. They ran to inform them, overjoyed. Soldiers have been bribed with a massive sum of dollars to say that the disciples had stolen the physique in the middle of the evening having said that, no a single could be fooled. It was clear that Jesus had been resurrected.
Right after his resurrection, He produced at least 5 appearances to disciples and close friends, encouraging them to stay sturdy in their faith and do not drop hope.
What do we do with all of this details?
I am difficult myself to study the events of each and every day, from scripture, all through the week. I am difficult myself to reflect upon the occurrences and the strife that Jesus and the Twelve felt all through this time.
I extended to appreciate His sacrifice extra, which can only be completed if we get a higher understanding of the events which lead up to it.
Yes, I know. This could not be the most awe-inspiring post I have ever written, but it is needed to comprehend the journey Jesus took top up to the cross.
I challenge you to study along in Scripture, taking this journey with Him all the way till Easter. Pray. Go back and study this post for each and every day, to keep in mind just what occurred.
Try to remember, then, that you are the flame at the finish of the candle, alight for Jesus.
There is light all more than the planet.
You are the light.
Do not take this lightly, for at a single point in history all candles ceased to glow.
But Jesus came back, set apart. He is holy.
And now we are forever shining for Him.