This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Jesus’ last week before His crucifixion. The final week of His life is usually referred to as Holy Week because it chronicles many different events that occurred during this final week. The first event was the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. This is referred to as the Triumphal Entry. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, a symbol of servanthood. He didn’t ride in on a warhorse, as I am sure many were expecting Him to, coming as a conquering King to kick the Romans out and to set up His Kingdom. This why, at least I believe it to be true, that many of those who shouted “Hosanna”, were calling for His death just a few days later. In between Sunday and Thursday we have Jesus’ final week of teaching.
The next events occurred on the Thursday of that week. These include the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed His High Priestly Prayer, His betrayal by Judas Iscariot, and His arrest by the Romans. He was then taken before the Sanhedrin, where He was mocked and sent to Pontius Pilate. Pilate questioned Him, found no guilt in Him and sent Him to Herod. Herod and his cronies also mocked Him and then sent Him back to Pilate. In between all of this we have Peter denying Jesus three times and Judas hanging himself. All of this occurred on the Thursday night — at least as far as I can determine. By the way, none of what happened on that Thursday night had any legal justification. In other words, it would not have stood up in a proper court of law.
The next morning, which is what we call Good Friday, Jesus, without going into any great detail, was crucified, between two thieves. Here the Light of the World died for us. He took our place and bore what we deserved, taking on the sins of the entire world, past, present and future — behold what manner of love is this!
Such is God’s love for us, that He gave His only Son to die for us. I think that during Holy Week that we have a lot to consider and to be thankful for. The one thing that we cannot do is take the things of God for granted. For if we do, we will soon find ourselves slipping in our walk with God and ignoring His will for our lives. This we cannot, must not, will not let happen.