If you’d like to grow closer to Jesus, to follow him more faithfully, Holy Week is a great place to begin.
Each of the worship services between Palm Sunday and Easter morning is totally unique, and together they trace the movement of Jesus from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to his death and Resurrection. Here are some of the high points:
- We begin by waving palms and crying “Hosanna,” but quickly we’re reminded that nothing good comes without a cost.
- On the night before he died, Jesus shared supper with his friends for the last time. He commanded them to “Do this to remember me,” and we still do.
- After supper Jesus went to pray in the garden, where his disciples (who were supposed to be keeping watch) fell asleep. He was terrified of what lay ahead, but praying helped him to face it.
- Betrayed by a friend and handed over by religious leaders, Jesus was arrested, humiliated and tortured. He was forced to carry his own heavy cross to the hilltop where he died an agonizing death.
- While most of the disciples hid in a locked room, a few women went early in the morning to prepare his body for burial. The tomb was empty and, shockingly, Jesus appeared to them alive. How could that be possible?
- Slowly it dawned on his friends not only that Jesus had risen from the dead, but that they would too. What amazing and surprising news! That’s what we celebrate on Easter morning (not bunnies).
A few years ago a parent and her two children decided to attend all the Holy Week services. They were moved by the experience and found new connections with Jesus. Perhaps that could be you this year. Why not?
I hope to share the journey with you.