Holy Week is upon us. This week began yesterday with Palm Sunday with the proclamation and reading of the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. With shouts of “Hosanna!” the people were looking for the coming Messiah. (Sermon on Palm Sunday here)
Throughout the week many events happen. Many think of Holy Week as only those events beginning with Maundy Thursday and the institution of the Lord’s Supper. Yet many things happened in these few short days in between…
On the day after the triumphal entry (Monday), Jesus enters into the temple and cleanses it as it is being used by the moneychangers as a marketplace. (Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19, Luke 19:45-48) Also on this day after the triumphal entry, we Jesus telling of the fig tree that its fruit will not be eaten from again as it is a tree that does not bear fruit. It will wither at once and the next morning they will see it withered. (Mark 11:12-14, Mathew 21:18-22)
After they see fig tree shriveled and cursed they move to the temple. There on Tuesday we see Jesus’ authority questioned. Many teachings and parables: The Parable of the Tenants, the Two Sons, the Wedding Feast, speaks about paying taxes to Caesar, discussion of the resurrection to the Sadducees, and much more from Matthew 21-22, Mark 11-13. Luke 20-21.
Then Wednesday, we see that Judas leaves the disciples and gets with the chief priests and agrees to aid in handing Jesus over so that they may capture him. (Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6.)
Which will then lead to Maundy Thursday, and the Preparations for the Passover and the more known portions of Holy Week. For this I will share more as the week goes on. During this Holy Week, I hope you have opportunity to receive Christ’s gifts in His Word and given in His body and blood for your forgiveness, life, and salvation.