My mind hasn't been focused on writing a blog post this week. Since my day off switched from Mondays to Fridays, it has been an adjustment writing a weekly post on Monday. And to make matters worse, my mind keeps wandering off. So I decided to write about where my mind has been taking me. And it's been taking me to the events of the Bible that took place from Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem to His resurrection!
Passion Week (also called Holy Week) takes place between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). Why is it called “Passion Week”? This name represents the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross. He did this to pay for the sins of all people.
When I think about this week, the events of that final week keep coming to mind. I think about Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and how He threw everyone out of the temple who were there for the wrong reasons. Jesus also had a last meal with His disciples prior to His arrest and crucifixion. It is often called The Last Supper, or communion. He also taught His disciples how to serve one another.
Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. It was here that Jesus, having been betrayed by Judas, was arrested and taken to several trials before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod. During this time, Jesus endured a painful beating, whipping, and mocking.
My thoughts lead me to Jesus' crucifixion on Golgotha, which means the Place of the Skull (Mark 15:22). Peter wrote, “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God" (1 Peter 1:18-19). I reflect on the fact that the blood of Jesus Christ saved my life.
And finally, my thoughts lead me to Jesus' resurrection! Hope is alive because Jesus is alive! And there is more good news to be had! Jesus is alive every single day! He is our living hope!
Enjoy this Passion (Holy) week. Spend time reading scripture, praying, and reflecting on the sacrifice that Jesus made so we can have life!
Until Monday, Josh