Passion week. The Passion of Christ.
Passion Week is the central event of the whole Bible. And the prophets foretold of it.
The name represents the passion, or willingness to suffer, with which Jesus went to the cross to pay for our sins.
Today, I’m sharing something different for Easter’s Passion Week. I’m sharing a post for an event of each day up until Thursday. Then, I’ll share the rest of the week on Thursday.
But, instead of sending you a daily email this week, I’ve set up a snippet and a link for each one in this post. May they bless you and help you ponder on this heart-stirring week.
Today’s is a full post.
1) Palm Sunday: Your King is Coming to You
Jesus and the disciples traveled the dusty road on their walk to Jerusalem.
About one mile from their destination, they came to the little village of Bethphage. Known as the house of unripe figs.
Within the limit of a Sabbath-day’s journey from Jerusalem. Near Bethany and the tomb of Lazarus. Situated on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives.
Jesus stopped and told two of the disciples, “Go to the village over there, and when you enter, you’ll see a donkey tied with its colt. Loose them and bring them to me. And if anyone asks what you’re doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and they will immediately let you take them.”
After finding the donkey and the colt as Jesus said, the disciples took them to Jesus and then threw their garments over the colt for Him to sit upon.
And so the journey to Jerusalem began.
The journey to what would be the worst event of their lives. The worst event in history. Yet, ushering in the fulfillment of prophecy for the One with whom they traveled…
“Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.”*
This King, the King with a crown yet-to-come, one fashioned of thorns…He’s coming. On His way to Jerusalem.
This King, riding upon a lowly, unblemished servant…He’s coming to you.
And so they entered Jerusalem to the clangor of enthusiasm. The excitement of the bulging crowd, those who recognized this King, grew.
So stirred by His presence, many spread their garments on the road before Him. Others cut down palm branches and spread them on the road.
And accompanying this? The praise of the Son of God.
This King, coming to save the world, arrived in joyous splendor, with palms waving, and shouts of Hosanna. The multitude’s passion heightened as they shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”**
But those in the city, who knew not this Man, wondered, “Who is this?”
“It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee,” they were told.***
“Look! He’s your King! He’s coming to you. He’s coming just for you. He’s riding that lone mile to begin His sacrifice for the sins of the world.”
And He comes to you as well. He comes, offering you the cross-sacrifice He died to give you…free!
Will you need to ask, “Who is this?”
He’s your King. Look, He’s coming to you.
And He will come again for you.
This One will return again, mounted upon a white steed, carrying a bow and wearing a crown on His head, going out conquering and to conquer.****
And when He returns, how many will He find who have faith in Him?
How many will be praising His return? How many will welcome Him with shouts of Hosanna?
Blessings of anticipation… Lynn
2) Holy Monday: The Tables are Turned!
It’s Passover time. Time to clean house of every bit of yeast, because Jewish law requires it.
However, one house did not remain spotless: the House of God.
On this particular Passover visit with the disciples, Jesus enters the temple’s outer courtyard, where the Gentiles are allowed to pray.
What a sight! People hustling about the temple, bumping into one another and tripping over a horde of wide-eyed, nervous animals.
Elbowing their way through the preoccupied crowd, Jesus and the disciples watch where they step, trying not to follow behind the animals. Sandaled feet, you know.
A frown digs furrows across Jesus’ brow…
3) Holy Tuesday: You’ve Been Invited: Have You RSVP-ed?
Then, He went to Bethany and began teaching in the temple. After the chief priests and Pharisees realized He was speaking to them and about them in His parables, Jesus began teaching The Parable of the Wedding Feast.
Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. The king sent his servants to bid those already invited to come to the wedding for all things were ready. So come to the wedding!
After the servants called them, no one was willing to come. The invited ones made light of the invitation, making excuses and having no regard for it.
So now, the king’s table sat in readiness. The meat roasted. The spices prepared. The bread sat piping hot. The jugs of wine overflowed. As the offering of the gospel, the whole banquet of life sat waiting for them, but those first invited refused…
4) Holy Wednesday: Poured Out
Then, Jesus and the disciples returned to Bethany to dine at the home of Simon the leper. This must have been a joyous occasion. But it was unlawful to eat with anyone who had leprosy. It’s plausible that the Lord had healed Simon.
So, what happened next?
In ancient Jewish tradition, a mother wove a seamless garment for her son when he left home. Did Mary do this for Jesus? No one knows but I’m pretty sure, if she held to tradition, she must have.
If Mary lovingly created it, Jesus wore it, probably wearing it before His betrayal when He went to Simon the leper’s house. As He reclined at the table, a woman came and broke open her beautiful, alabaster passion box, full of the extremely valuable, perfumed oil of spikenard.
As she lovingly poured it upon Jesus’ head, it likely trickled down His cheeks, seeped into His beard, and gently dripped upon His shoulders, saturating His garment.
May Easter’s passion fill you with a renewed gratitude for what Christ has done for you and the whole world…Lynn