The week is here. The week that we call Holy. The week in which we are asked to walk in the footsteps of Jesus day-by-day from the time of his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the Passion and suffering of Thursday and Friday, and finally, Resurrection. The dead body of Jesus is resurrected by God’s power to stand among us on Sunday and to stand before us for all eternity. Let us enter into the events of this week thoughtfully, carefully and with profound faith.
Holy Week begins and ends with triumph. First the early triumph of being led into the holy city of Jerusalem with thousands cheering remembering the many miracles that they had seen, holding firmly to the wonder and beauty of His teachings, celebrating His arrival without knowing the importance of the days to follow.
Knowing that His enemies are more determined than ever to silence him, Jesus retreats to Bethany for several days of quiet meditation and prayer. On Thursday evening He will return to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover with his disciples, to suffer spiritual agony in the garden and then to be arrested by Roman soldiers. Thursday night Jesus will be tried in two different courts; first, the religious court of the Jews where He is accused of blasphemy and the second, the Roman court where he is accused of insurrection before Pilate the governor. Then follows the journey to Calvary and execution so aptly described in John’s prologue with the statement, “He came into His own and His own received him not.”