In Christian tradition, the Holy Week is most definitely a very sacred time of the year, for it is now that we will commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus' life on this earth.
It begins on Palm Sunday and carries on through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast. The Lenten season of sacrifice and self-denial is about to come to an end, but this week is extremely important for all Christians. The greatest focus of the week is the Passion of Jesus’ journey to the Cross. Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his last supper in the Upper Room, through Gethsemane and ultimately to Calvary and the empty tomb are the greatest events.
Celebrating the Holy Week is not only an obligation, but also an opportunity. It is a chance to walk with the church, throughout time and throughout the world, as she walks with her Bridegroom through the most important week in the history of the world. It is a chance to focus our minds on, and seek to intensify our affections for, the most important and timeless of realities. In the chaos of our increasingly fast-paced and hectic society, the Holy Week is a reminder to pause and ponder, to carefully mark each day and not let this greatest of all weeks fly by us like every other.
Jesus’s step-by-step journey to Golgotha is a glowing revelation of the extent of his love. He loved us “to the uttermost” (John 13:1) in going all the way to the cross for us, with every bruise, every puncture, and throb and stab of pain. And it is during this week that we see most profoundly how deep the Father’s love for us. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The death of Jesus should not be a cause of shame for us; rather, it should be our greatest hope, our greatest glory. He loved us so much that, sinless himself, he suffered for us sinners the punishment we deserved for our sins.
May God make this to be for us a week of being newly grounded in the love of Christ, so plainly on display from the resolve of Palm Sunday, to the ultimate sacrifice of Good Friday, to the triumph of Easter Sunday. And may all of us freshly know the love of Christ, in all its breadth and length and height and depth — and wonder upon wonder, be filled with all the fullness of God.
Receive this week with thanksgiving, and make it holy by the word of God and prayer, so that God would meet you in the events and significance of this week.
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A Blessed Holy week to all !