Holy Week Services
Sunday , April 14 at 9am & 10:45am
Friday, April 19 at 5pm
Sunday, April 21 at 9am or 10:45am
Holy Week is a time on the church calendar marked by the celebration of and reflection on the journey of Jesus to Jerusalem and ultimately to the cross, where he would fully and finally pay for the sins of those who would believe and three days later rise from death to life, conquering death.
This short guide will help you better understand the significance of this week in the calendar year and serve as a guide for your reflection during Holy Week leading to Easter Sunday.
On Palm Sunday, we reflect on Christ coming to Jerusalem in his triumphal entry. This entry came with much anticipation and expectation for a conquering king. However, those that praised his coming likely did not realize the magnitude of Christ’s kingship. This is evidenced when, just days later, the crowds cry for the crucifixion of Jesus.
Jesus enters Jerusalem
Matt. 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10;
Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19
Jesus predicts his death
Jesus visits the temple
Matt. 21:14-17; Mark 11:11
Jesus is our victor, conquering sin and death! This day is one for us to reflect on the suffering servant (Jesus) who paid fully for the sins of His People. The full wrath of God was poured out on Jesus for the sins of those who would believe and trust in Him. He accomplished on the cross what we could never accomplish for ourselves, but what we desperately needed. Jesus is our conquering Savior.
Jesus is betrayed and arrested
Matt. 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:2-12
As predicted, Peter denies Jesus and the rooster crows
Matt. 26:58, 69-75; Mark 14:54, 66-72; Luke 22:54b-62;
John 18:15-18, 25-27
Jesus is crucified between two thieves
Matt. 27:35-44; Mark 15:24-32; Luke 23:33-43; John 19:18-27
Jesus breathes his last and is buried by Joseph of Arimathea in a new tomb
Matt. 27:45-61; Mark 15:33-47; Luke 23:44-56; John 19:28-42
Jesus did not remain in the grave. Death had no hold on him. Three days after he was crucified, he rose in victory over death. Easter Sunday celebrates Christ’s glorious victory over death. Jesus not only died for us, but he lives for us. Scripture tells us that he intercedes for us even now. We serve a risen Savior. We worship a living God.
Some women discover the empty tomb and are instructed by angels
Matt. 28:1-7; Mark 16:1-7;
Luke 24:1-7; John 20:1
Peter and John rush to the tomb based upon Mary Magdalene’s report and discover it empty
Luke 24:12; John 20:3-10
Mary returns to the tomb and encounters Jesus
That evening Jesus appears to the Eleven (save Thomas) in a house in Jerusalem
Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-23