The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” -Matthew 21:9 (NIV)
“Crucify him!” they shouted. -Mark 15:13 (NIV)
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. -Luke 24:1-8 (NIV)
All four Gospels describe the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (some more detailed than others), but, to me, these three passages of scripture sum up Holy Week. The passage in Matthew describes Palm Sunday. The passage in Mark describes the decision that led to Good Friday. The passage in Luke describes Easter.
There is another underlying theme going on here. The fact that we, in our humanness, tend to forget so easily (which is quite a common underlying theme in the Bible). The passage in Matthew describes shouting crowds of happy people both in front and behind Jesus as He entered into Jerusalem. The passage in Mark describes another shout somewhere on the opposite end of “happy” not even a few days later saying “Crucify him!”
Is this the same crowd? Did they forget that quickly?
Even in Luke 24:5-8, we can see how the “two men” (aka “angels”) had to remind the women that “Jesus was not in the tomb, which is what he told you when he was walking with you” (paraphrased) leading to the 8th verse that says “Then they remembered His words”.
If you take anything away from today’s blog, please take this:
Don’t forget Jesus Christ. He certainly didn’t forget you.
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Not exactly sure what Holy Week is? Here is a breakdown:
Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday – The entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem
Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday – The institution of Communion and the betrayal by Judas
Good Friday – the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus Christ
Holy Saturday – the Sabbath on which Jesus Christ rested in the grave
EASTER SUNDAY – the resurrection of Jesus Christ
For more information on HOLY WEEK, please go to: http://www.kencollins.com/holydays/holy-05.htm