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.
We gather together on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday to remember and celebrate these significant moments. On Good Friday, we come together to remember the death of Jesus. On Easter Sunday, we gather to celebrate this resurrection.
Good Friday Services
Friday, April 14 @ 5pm & 6:30pm
Services for kids K-5th will be offered in our Kid's Auditorium.
Nursery & Pre-school also provided.
Easter Sunday Services
Sunday, April 16 @ 9am & 10:45am
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
We remember on this day Jesus cursing a fig tree and cleansing the temple. These acts were interrelated. Jesus curses an unfruitful fig tree, which was had the outward appearances of fruit. This was a parabolic statement concerning Israel itself and the temple. Jesus was cursing Israel because they had the appearances of life, but inside were rotting away. His act of cleansing the temple was a pronouncement of judgment upon that system.
Jesus curses a fig tree
Matt. 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14
Jesus cleanses the temple
Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48
Due to actions the previous day, Jesus encounters much opposition from the religious leaders. He teaches and engages them. As he does so, these religious leaders try to trap Jesus and get him to express an inconsistency to break apart his followers. Jesus answers the unanswerable questions and uses these moments to reveal the blind guides that Israel had leading them.
The lesson from a fig tree
Matt. 21:20-22; Mark 11:20-26
Jesus teaches and engages in controversies in the temple
Matt. 21:23-23:39; Mark 11:27-12:44; Luke 20:1-21:4
Jesus predicts the future
Matt. 24-25; Mark 13:1-37;
As Jesus is teaching and engaging outside, there is a secret conversation going on behind closed doors. The Sanhedrin (ruling body of the day) are plotting to kill Jesus.
Jesus continues his daily teaching in the temple complex
The Sanhedrin plots to kill Jesus
Matt. 26:3-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2
*these events are attributed to Wednesday, but actual evidence is inconclusive
Jesus’ last gathering with his disciples was in an upper room, over a meal. This meal was of utter significance, because Jesus communicated through this Passover meal that his body would be broken and that his blood would be shed. He instructed his disciples to remember through the bread and cup his sacrifice, payment and covenant that would inaugurate the Kingdom of God coming into the world. It is this Last Supper that is the focus of this day of Holy Week.
Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper
Matt. 26:20-29; Mark 14:17-23; Luke 22:14-30
Jesus washes the disciples feet and delivers Upper Room Discourse
Jesus and the disciples go to Gethsemane
Matt. 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:40-46
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
This is really a day of silence. There is not much recorded concerning this day. Jesus is dead. His body is lying dead in the tomb of a wealthy man, named Joseph of Arimathea. This is a quiet day. A sobering day. A day that is pregnant with doubt and hope, pain and joy, sorrow and wonder.
The chief priests and Pharisees place guards at the tomb with Pilate’s permission
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