Holy Week

Many religious groups call the week we are entering into today “Holy Week”, and this is an accurate description of what Jesus did for us this week nearly 2000 years ago. This is the final week of Jesus’ physical life before He will observe the Passover with His disciples, be arrested by the Roman soldiers, tried by the Jewish religious leaders, sentenced to death, and then buried. However, thankfully, next Sunday we will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, because on the first day of the week, early in the morning He arose from the dead and from the grave. He displayed His glorification and His eternal life that He can give to all those who trust in Him. This is known as the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which is why He willingly left Heaven, came in human form as a babe in a manger, allowed Himself to be tempted by Satan, and laid His life down in death to pay for our sins. All of that is truly Holy and it was all accomplished in a week, hence the title, “Holy Week.” Although we may agree that this is a remembrance of a week of Holy accomplishments by our Saviour, we would differ from many of these religious groups in how we benefit from this redemptive work of our Lord. We do not benefit through repeating certain memorized words to recite. We do not benefit from His sacrifice by eating bread, drinking juice, or getting baptized. We do not receive the gift of Salvation by rituals, works, or trying to be righteous through law keeping or good works. According to the Word of God, we become benefactors of this wonderful gift of Salvation provided by the redemptive work of Jesus Christ through trusting in who Jesus is and what He has done for us to be forgiven. It is only by God’s grace alone, through faith in Christ alone, based upon the truth of the Bible alone. I want to encourage each one in our church family to join me as we journey through this Holy Week to spend time reading through Scripture that covers the days ahead as they unfolded on our behalf. I pray that through this journey of reading and meditating on these wonderful truths that Jesus did for us long ago, we can benefit in our personal lives now and forever.

Bible Reading this week:

  • Monday           Isaiah 52-55
  • Tuesday           Matthew 21-27
  • Wednesday     Mark11-15
  • Thursday         Luke 19-23
  • Friday              John 11:55-19