“I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:15-16, NLT)
If you are REDEEMED by the BLOOD of CHRIST, if you are a blood-bought saint of the Risen King, if you die to yourself and it is Christ who lives in you- there is no more important week, then HOLY WEEK. This SPECIAL week is the most important week in the life of a son\daughter of Yahweh! This week is so special it has 8 days in it. The number 8 in the Bible represents NEW BEGINNINGS, it is a number associated with Jesus Himself. You might say the number of Jesus is 8, and in this MOST IMPORTANT week it consists of 8 days. It starts on Palm Sunday- the TRIUMPHAL ENTRY into Jerusalem. Hear the Word of the Lord: A massive crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed were shouting: “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:8-9) We call this PALM SUNDAY, because they laid down Palm branches to cover the ground that Jesus traveled into Jerusalem on. On Monday Jesus freed the sacrificial animals and cleaned the temple. After Jesus cleansed the temple, Jesus spent the night in Bethany, and went back into Jerusalem the next day. Hear the Word of the Lord; In the morning, as Jesus was returning to the city, He was hungry. 19Seeing a fig tree by the road, He went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. “May you never bear fruit again!” He said. And immediately the tree withered. (Matthew 21:19-19) Jesus also taught the disciples a lesson regarding the fig tree’s barrenness (Matthew 21:20-22). We see the story of the fig tree also in Mark 11:20-25. Along with performing this miracle, Jesus preached! How much preaching did you do on Holy Tuesday?
Leader, it was on HOLY WEDNESDAY that Judas betrayed Jesus with the price that was paid to a MASTER for the DEATH of a SLAVE, 30 pieces of silver. It is written: Then one of the Twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” And they set out for him thirty pieces of silver. So from then on Judas looked for an opportunity to betray Jesus. (Matthew 26:14-16) This brings us to MAUNDY THURSDAY, you know this as the LAST SUPPER with His disciples, this is also when Jesus showed that we are to serve others by washing the feet of His disciples before He supped with them. Jesus washing the feet of the occurred in the upper room, it has significance in three ways. It displayed Jesus’ humility and His servanthood. For the disciples, the washing of their feet was in direct contrast to their heart attitudes at that time. It was at this time that Jesus said something that again shocked Peter: “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me” (John 13:8). This allowed Peter another opportunity to put his clean feet in his mouth and request a complete washing. For us, washing feet is symbolic of our role in the body of Christ to serve and not be served- like Jesus! The word MAUNDY is derived from the Latin word for “command,” and refers to Jesus’ commandment to the disciples to “Love one another as I have loved you.” Love is a VERB, it is NOT a feeling. Hear the Word of the Lord; For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Conduit, we now find ourselves on GOOD FRIDAY. For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. On this momentous day Jesus was crucified on a cross. Darkness covered the WHOLE earth! Hear the Word of the Lord; It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. (Luke 23:44-46) We now are on the 7th day of this HOLY WEEK. Do you know what God did? Jesus rested in the tomb! It is written: And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Genesis 2:2-3) Which brings us to RESURRECTION SUNDAY, the 8th day on this transformational HOLY WEEK! Hear the Word of the LORD! He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” (Mark 8:31, 20:17-19) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me will live, even though he dies. And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) As Jesus asked, “DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?” When the Bible talks about BELIEVE it is a word meaning; To cling to, to have no other hope! I pray that ALL will come to the realization that JESUS IS OUR ONLY HOPE! “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)