Holy Week

Maundy Thursday

My prayer for you this week is that God’s love for you will become a new reality, that your spirit will be refreshed and that the presence of the Almighty God will surround you and fill you.

Jesus shared the final meal with his disciples, called the Last Supper, on the night before he was crucified. The institution of the Holy Eucharist occurred during this meal, as indicated from the gospel excerpt below:

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29 RSV)

The Last Supper is the ultimate revelation of God’s redeeming love for man.  “It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of love.”* (John 13:1) (*Some translations read “he loved them to the end.”)

After the meal, Jesus rose and with a basin full of water and a clean towel, he washed the feet of the disciples. He did this to teach them humility and service, evidences of love.

If you’ve never had your feet washed by another Christian, it is the most amazing act of love and humility a person can do. It is a true demonstration of Christ’s love for you and it will humble you greatly  – to think that this person, kneeling in front of you and washing your feet, loves you so much that they would do that for you…amazing love!

It’s all about His love for you and for me.

 
Holy Week

Good Friday

“O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners’ gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.”

Good Friday: The day of Jesus’ crucifixion, death and burial.

A time of solemnity and reflection.

A time to ponder all that we’ve observed this Holy Week and to

remember all that He did, He did for us out of His unconditional love for us.

Holy Week

Holy Monday

Originally Posted on March 30, 2015

The days of Holy Week are called Great and Holy by the Church. These days have a very definite purpose in that they remind us of the true meaning of Easter.

By the time Holy Week arrives, some of us have participated in or observed many Easter-related activities. We’ve observed Lent, hopefully with more than just a passing acknowledgement. We have sang in or listened to our church choir’s Easter cantata; we have bought new outfits for our children and perhaps for ourselves. Maybe our children have hunted Easter eggs. There is nothing wrong with any of these activities as long as we don’t lose sight of the meaning of Holy Week. We must not forget these days led up to the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ. And yes, ultimately to his resurrection and ascension into heaven where He sits now at the right hand of His Father.

Thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people saw “The Passion of Christ” produced by Mel Gibson, a number of years ago. My daughter and I went to see it together. I’m sure there was never a movie before or since where we cried as much as we cried in that movie. But even that movie could not completely and accurately show the suffering that our Lord went through on our behalf. And He did it because He LOVES us. Each and every one of us. The Bible says “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:13-14) We are His friends, not only that, we are His sons and daughters if we have accepted Him into our lives as Lord and Savior. His love is unconditional and everlasting. What more could He do, beyond giving His life for you, to prove to you how much He loves you?

Listen to this fantastic song that will tell you how much God loves you!

How He Loves Us – Kim Walker / Jesus Culture

Holy Week

Holy Monday

In 2010, I wrote a series of blogs for Holy Week and I decided to revisit those blogs this year. I pray that God will bless you this week in such a way that you will “want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (Phil.3:10 NIV) and “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:17-19 NIV)

Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:

 

The days of Holy Week are called Great and Holy by the Church and these three days, although not traditionally observed in the church like Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, have a very definite purpose. They remind us of the true meaning of Easter.
By the time we reach Holy Week, some of us have participated in or observed many Easter-related activities. We’ve observed Lent, hopefully with more than just a passing acknowledgement. We have sang in or listened to our church choir’s Easter cantata; we have bought new outfits for our children and perhaps for ourselves. Maybe our children have hunted Easter eggs. There is nothing wrong with any of these activities as long as we don’t lose sight of the meaning of Holy Week. We must not forget these days led up to the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ. And yes, ultimately to his resurrection and ascension into heaven where He sits now at the right hand of His Father.
Thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people saw “The Passion of Christ” produced by Mel Gibson, a number of years ago. My daughter and I went to see it together. I’m sure there was never a movie before or since where we cried as much as we cried in that movie. But even that movie could not completely and accurately show the suffering that our Lord went through on our behalf. And He did it because He LOVES us. Each and every one of us. The Bible says “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:13-14) WE are His friends; not only that, we are His sons and daughters if we have accepted Him into our lives as Lord and Savior. His love is unconditional and everlasting. What more could He do, beyond giving His life for you, to prove to you how much He loves you?
Listen to this fantastic song that will tell you how much God loves you!