April 13, 2014

What is Holy Week or Passion Week?

What is Holy Week or Passion Week?

Well, in our modern day calendar year, it begins today with “Palm Sunday,” representing the triumphant, yet humble, entry of Jesus of Nazareth into Jerusalem. It culminates not only on His crucifixion on “Good Friday,” but more importantly with His resurrection from death on “Easter Sunday.”

The biblical narrative of this is enough to outdo the most dramatic and amazing fictional stories or movies.  And though it may seem that Christmas has become somewhat more popular throughout our culture, it is actually Christ’s resurrection on Easter that the entire Gospel message revolves.

“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17)

Throughout this week I will do my best to share with you the actual biblical accounts within a relative timeline for which they likely occurred.  I hope you find this not only enlightening, but that as you learn you may feel intrigued to fully understand the Gospel message and how you can enjoy this “good news” in your life.

“The word gospel originates from the meaning of the New Testament Greek word evangelion meaning “good news.”  This meaning was transmitted literally into Old English as godspell, eventually becoming gospel. The Gospel is epitomized by Jesus Christ in the following proclamation: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Mark 1:15) (Source) 

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“Palm Sunday”

This is really cool! Approximately 500 years before Jesus was born, the prophet & priest Zechariah received these words from God …

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
(Zechariah 9:9, emphasis added)

 The New Testament accounts of this day include …

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”  This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt,the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them.  They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them.  Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”  And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”  And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

(Matthew 21:1-11) (See Mark 11:1-10 and Luke 19:28-38 and John 12:12-15 for further accounts)

 

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 I hope you’ll come back each day and we can journey through this miraculous week together! 

 

Note:  All scripture quotations have been copied from Bible Gateway and utilize the English Standard Version (ESV) translation unless otherwise noted.

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xoxo,
Sam

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